ITALY Serie A: Six horse race for the champions !!!
With the end of season nearing a close the race for Champions League qualification in Italy is fierce.
Six teams are currently competing for the two remaining spots which will earn them qualification for Champions League football next season.
Juventus has firmly established themselves as the strongest team in Italy by a few hundred miles. The Bianconeri rest comfortably in first place in Serie A with a 20 point cushion (84 points) over nearest rivals Napoli (64 points). Needless to say the Turin side are in a league of their own for a few years now and none of their competitors has managed to bridge that gap this season. With the arrival of super-human Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have proved to be even stronger.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”140146″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”140144″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Napoli in second place are also very close to mathematically securing a Champions League spot, but for the remaining two spots the competition is ferocious.
Inter are having a turbulent season with the Icardi saga seemingly arriving at its conclusion. It is yet to be seen whether the ex-Inter captain will actually remain in Milan at the end of the season or whether he will seek new pastures elsewhere.
Nevertheless the Nerazzuri (57 points) in third place have a five point advantage on their closest rivals, ‘i cugini Rossoneri’ of AC Milan and the other black and blues of Bergamo, Atalanta (both on 52 points). It has to be said that Atalanta are the surprise of the season achieving great results with solid performances. A Champions League qualification for Atalanta would be historical. A big well-done goes the way of Gasperini’s side.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”140145″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”140143″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]AC Milan on the other hand, started the season with great expectations after major changes in the club and a very ambitious pre-season program and transfer market. However, Gattuso’s men struggled in the initial stages of the season. Their fortunes started changing for the better with the arrival of Pum Pum Piatek and now they are in a good position to make a much awaited claim for Champions League football.
But that’s not all. The two teams of Rome, Roma (51 points) and Lazio (49 points) are also in the chase. Even in the cases of these two teams, results have fallen short when compared to pre-season expectations and anything less than Champions League qualification would be considered as a disappointing season.
Last but not least is the other side from Turin, the ‘Granata’ Torino, which stand in 8th place on the same points of Lazio at 49 points. Goals scored and a game in hand give the advantage to the ‘Biancocelesti’ of Rome.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”140142″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]All of this results in having six teams in the space of 8 points fighting for only 2 Champions League spots up for grabs with only seven matches to go.
Loony has been following closely the Serie A happenings this season and has been having a hard time in choosing his favourites for these two spots. With Inter having a five-point lead over the rest he reckons Spalletti’s side can only sabotage themselves. And in Inter’s case, this would not be the first time. However, for Loony, Inter remain as the favourites to grab one of these spots with the other spot to be fought for between the remaining five teams.
Selecting the remaining Italian side for next year’s Champions League football proved to be even a bigger headache for Loony. In this case, it is worth having a look at the difficulty provided by their next opponents from now until the end of the season.
Also, several direct clashes between these teams will prove to be crucial in shaping up the table at the end of the season. This one was a hard cookie to crack for Loony who could not decide between AC Milan and Roma.
Without writing off the rest of the bunch and having difficulties in choosing his last team, Loony decided to try and get the point of views of our readers.
Which two Italian teams do you think will qualify for next year’s Champions League?
Fire away your points of view and your favorites’ by leaving Loony a comment ????