Fight without quarter for Europe and salvation, with a single and indisputable queen at the top. This is how the Serie A championship presents itself, which has come to a stop for the national teams at the end of a very busy period of appointments on the calendar. He will resume playing before Easter, Saturday 3 April, after the tour de force that will see Mancini’s Italy take the field three times in six days (Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania) in the qualifying round towards the World Cup. of 2022.
The 28a A’s day leaves the strong feeling of having reached a historic changing of the guard, after nine years of uninterrupted domination in black and white colors. Inter remained in the pits following the postponement of the match with Sassuolo: the decision came from the Milan ATS and is linked to the risk of a Covid outbreak in the Nerazzurri group following the positivity of D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Handanovic and Vecino. The suspension of sporting activity brought with it the prohibition of players from responding to international calls: no blue, therefore, for Bastoni and Barella. Conte’s group arrived at this forced stop in the wake of sensational figures: the eight consecutive victories and the armored defense (only 3 goals conceded in this row) made Inter splash sidereal distances from the other candidates for the title.
Milan, with one more match, are six points behind the leaders. The Rossoneri have paid for two months of continuous defections and a calendar that has never given a respite: the 3-2 accrued in Florence, however, weighs like a boulder. Ibra left his mark, while Diaz and Calhanoglu managed to overturn the temporary disadvantage resulting from the purple goals of Pulgar and Ribéry. Great test of strength and character of Pioli’s men: if the Tricolore is almost a utopia, the candidacy for the return to the Champions League after seven seasons of absence is getting stronger.
The psychodrama of the day, on the other hand, is experienced by a Juventus who fell ten points from the top. The home match with Benevento should have served as a springboard towards an unlikely but still possible run-up to Inter: it ended with a paradoxical defeat, resulting from a sensational error in disengagement by Arthur who gives the ball to the Argentine Gaich, good at hitting Szczesny and to bring three gold points to Campania. Even the bookmakers believe that the Scudetto is now firmly in the hands of Inter and in fact in most cases the odds for the final Inter win is around 1.08. For those who believe in Juventus’ turnaround, it is always possible to rely on betting bonuses, of which a detailed and free analysis is available on the Sportytrader online portal. Of course, the bianconeri seemed increasingly intangible, without ideas and conviction, which is why believing in the tenth consecutive Juventus championship seems to be a risky choice.
A wonderful soloist like Ronaldo cannot be enough when the other nine players are pitiless. The problem of the reigning Italian champions is that, now, even the qualification for the next Champions League is back in discussion. Juventus is in fact third on an equal footing with Atalanta: two points away (53 points) there is a very strong Napoli. The recovery of the third day between Piedmontese and Neapolitans, scheduled at the Stadium on April 7th, could take the form of a dramatic play-off.
The competitors of the Old Lady, as mentioned, run. The Bergamo players, having reached their fifth success in the last six matches, have made a single bite of Verona thanks to Malinovskyi and Zapata. The blues of Gattuso instead confirmed the splendid moment of form, beating a Roma (50 points) that fails to dispel an incredible taboo: the Giallorossi never win this season against the top seven of the league. The double stamp of Mertens, combined with the chronic uncertainties of the Capitoline goalkeeper Pau Lopez, brought down the curtain on the challenge already at the end of the first half. The loose cannon in the Europe area could then be Lazio. The success of Udine, signed by Marusic, brings the Biancocelesti back to -6 from fourth place: Inzaghi’s men, if they win the recovery with Turin, would considerably shorten the distance.
Sassuolo, Verona, Sampdoria, Bologna, Udinese and Genoa, on the other hand, enjoy relative tranquility in the belly of the standings. The real fight for salvation seems to start from Fiorentina, Spezia and Benevento (29 points), passing through Turin (17th place, 23 points), then Cagliari (22) and Parma (19). Crotone in the rear seems doomed after the 2-3 immediately recovered from Bologna: heavy knockouts also for ducals (1-2 with Genoa), Sardinians (1-2 against Spezia) and grenade (0-1 against Sampdoria) . However, there is still a long way to go and anything can happen in ten days. The exciting final sprint of the championship is about to begin!