ROME (AFP) Inter Milan have dominated Italian football for the last five seasons and ahead of the kick-off to the 2010/11 campaign on August 28 there is little to suggest that will change any time soon. Last season the championship race proved close-run as an Inter blip in February allowed AS Roma to close in and take the title race down to the wire. Until then, though, Inter had been cruising and then-coach Jose Mourinho told anyone prepared to listen that the powers that be were conspiring against his team twice in two months they finished a league game with nine men. Roma had the advantage of concentrating all their efforts on the domestic front while Inter were also going great guns in Europe, eventually securing an unprecedented treble of league title, Italian Cup and Champions League. On the plus side for the rest, the workaholic and charismatic Jose Mourinho has gone which may weaken the teams spirit, if not their playing staff. Mourinho had an incredible ability to create a siege mentality and to get every ounce of effort out of an already highly accomplished team. But now Rafael Benitez is at the helm, meaning a change in system, emphasis and maybe even to a lesser degree personnel. Benitez has made few signings, principally bringing in Coutinho - although that deal had been arranged long before he arrived - while allowing Mario Balotelli to leave. Otherwise the squad is just as it was last season, with Inters keeping attacking Brazil right-back Maicon a coup worthy of any signing. Apart from Juventus, it has been a quiet summer in the transfer market. Roma brought Brazilian forward Adriano back from his homeland, a year and a half after he walked out on Inter. But from the overweight condition he turned up in that looks to be more a desperate gamble than a calculated risk. Roma should be there or thereabouts again but questions will always remain over their mental capacity to turn a chance into tangible success. They led Serie A with four games to play last season but a home defeat to Sampdoria, in a match they totally dominated for the first 45 minutes, scuppered their hopes. Many eyes will be on AC Milan to see if they can muster a sustained title challenge with young coach Massimiliano Allegri now in charge. Once again, though, they will be relying on the old guard of 30-somethings as they have brought in only a couple of younger players. Kevin-Prince Boateng will hope to continue his good World Cup form but it is a big step up for him from his Portsmouth days. Greek centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, apart from causing consternation for commentators, is another young signing who could shake things up at the back. But neither player is the kind of world-beater who suggests he may take the club to the next level and it is difficult to imagine that Milan will be closer than last season. The big changes have come at Juventus where new boss Luigi Delneri has brought in seven new faces while letting Christian Poulsen leave for Liverpool and Fabio Cannavaro head into semi-retirement in Dubai. Juve suffered the worst season in their history last time out and their frustrated fans will be expecting much better. But with seven new players, most of whom should be in the first team, they may need time to gel and Delneri wont be given that. With so many changes it is hard to see Juve mounting a title challenge this season. So once again Inter begin as the clear favourites and the rest will largely be hoping for a dip in the champions form to give themselves a chance to dream of title glory.