We take a look at the Serie A season so far.
The Serie A Season So Far
The Serie A Season So Far
There are just six rounds of fixtures left in the Serie A season, and whilst Inter Milan are virtually certain to lift the Scudetto title, there is still plenty left to play for.
Just three points separate the four teams looking to join Inter in next season’s Champions League. That means one of AC Milan, Juventus, Atalanta and Napoli will miss out on a seat at Europe’s top table.
AC Milan currently hold the second-place spot, but their shock midweek defeat at home to Sassuolo has left them looking over their shoulders. The absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left a big hole in their attack and it remains to be seen whether the likes of Rafael Leao and Mario Mandzukic can fill the gap left by the veteran Swede.
It’s been over a decade since Juventus have had to worry about qualifying for the Champions League, but an inconsistent campaign means they are languishing in fourth place on 65 points. Alongside them on that mark are Atalanta, who have been in excellent form recently. Whilst the team on the outside looking in are Napoli. Like Juve, they have struggled for consistency but this week’s superb 5-2 victory over Lazio means they are within touching distance of the top four.
That 5-2 reverse ended Lazio’s five game winning run, but they still remain in sixth place with a three point lead over rivals Roma, in the race for a Europa League place. Roma have been very disappointing throughout the season given the array of talent within their squad. Two defeats and two draws in their last five games have completely ended their Champions League hopes.
At the bottom of the table, Crotone and Parma are effectively relegated, but the identity of the third side joining them is still to be decided. Cagliari looked certain for the drop just a week ago, but a thrilling 4-3 win over Parma and a victory at Udinese have given them hope of a miraculous escape. They currently sit just three points behind Benevento and Torino. Meanwhile, Fiorentina, Genoa and Spezia are still not out of trouble yet and are grouped together just five points ahead of Caligari.
In the race to be the top scorer in Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo holds a four goal lead over Inter’s Romelu Lukaku. Remarkably, the Portuguese superstar has only scored 25 goals in just 28 appearances so far and averages 0.95 goals for every 90 minutes he’s played. Perhaps even more remarkably, Luis Meriel of Atalanta has scored 18 goals despite starting just 14 Serie A matches. The Brazilian has been lethal coming off the bench and averages an incredible 1.37 goals for every 90 minutes he’s played.
Whatever happens this weekend, this has been the tightest Serie A season in years and a thrilling conclusion to the season looks a certainty.