Juventus have already sealed their ninth Serie A title in a row, however the league’s single-season scoring report may but be damaged and the battle in opposition to the drop goes right down to the wire. Right here AFP […]
Juventus have already sealed their ninth Serie A title in a row, however the league’s single-season scoring report may but be damaged and the battle in opposition to the drop goes right down to the wire.
Right here AFP sport appears to be like at 5 speaking factors earlier than the ultimate spherical of Italian top-flight video games this weekend.
Ciro Motionless wants only one extra objective to equal the scoring report for a single marketing campaign as Lazio make the brief journey to Napoli for his or her remaining recreation.
The 30-year-old ahead already has 35 objectives and may match Gonzalo Higuain’s report of 36 objectives, made taking part in for Napoli within the 2015-16 season.
Motionless is already principally assured of profitable the European Golden Shoe for the continent’s high scorer, having overtaken Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s tally of 34 in opposition to Brescia midweek.
Lazio are fourth, however nonetheless within the operating for second place, whereas seventh-placed Napoli don’t have anything to play for within the league besides defending the report of their former teammate Higuain.
Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli are additionally warming up for his or her assembly with Barcelona within the Champions League final 16, return leg.
Three groups — Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio — are within the operating for second place.
Inter and Atalanta will go head-to-head in Bergamo with Lazio’s final recreation at Napoli.
Antonio Conte’s Inter have 79 factors, one level forward of each Atalanta and Lazio, with the northeners forward of the Romans, who they held 3-Three within the Stadio Olimpico and beat 3-2 at residence this season.
“We’re masters of our future, second place relies upon solely on us,” mentioned Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Atalanta are additionally making ready for his or her Champions League quarter-final conflict in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain subsequent month in Lisbon.
They might beat final season’s best-ever end of third, which gave them Champions League qualification for the primary time. This season they’re in beautiful kind, are unbeaten since January 20 and simply two off the mark of 100 league objectives.
Maurizio Sarri mentioned he may area his Below-23 staff, now coached by former Italy nice Andrea Pirlo, of their remaining recreation in opposition to Roma in Turin after falling to a depressing midweek defeat at Cagliari days after sealing their ninth consecutive Serie A title.
Juve are making ready for his or her Champions League final 16, return leg in opposition to Lyon, the place they path 1-0, and are lacking key gamers resembling Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa by harm.
“We’re the one ones in Europe who’ve performed 5 video games in 12 days, the league has created massive issues for us,” mentioned Sarri.
Nevertheless, Cristiano Ronaldo’s hopes of ending the season as high scorer look over because the 35-year-old trails Motionless by 4 objectives.
Lecce and Genoa will face Parma and Hellas Verona respectively on the weekend hoping to keep away from becoming a member of Brescia and SPAL down in Serie B.
Genoa, in 17th, are simply one-point forward of Lecce, who occupy the ultimate relegation berth.
If each groups end equal on factors, Genoa will keep in Serie A, with Lecce heading again to the second tier after only one season within the high flight.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan tackle mid-table outfit Cagliari trying to cap a formidable run since soccer returned to Italy from the coronavirus lockdown.
Solely Manchester Metropolis with 34 objectives have scored greater than Milan (32) in Europe’s high leagues for the reason that restart.
Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored six instances for the reason that lockdown, together with 4 within the final three video games, with the membership unbeaten in eleven Serie A matches, their greatest run since April 2013 (14).
The ‘Rossoneri’ have additionally scored not less than two objectives in six consecutive Serie A away matches, their greatest run since 1964 (9).