Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus mud themselves down and head for lowly Cagliari on Sunday, focussed on salvaging their bid for a tenth consecutive league title with their Champions League ambitions buried for one more season.
Juventus crashed out within the final 16 for the second consecutive yr, shedding on away objectives to FC Porto in Turin, and now additionally danger ending the season with out the Serie A trophy.
Andrea Pirlo’s aspect are third — 10 factors off leaders Inter Milan who journey to relegation-threatened Torino — however having performed a sport much less.
Second-placed AC Milan, 4 factors forward of Juventus, host Napoli, in sixth, the place a slip-up by Stefano Pioli’s aspect might let the champions shut the hole.
“We’ll have time to enhance now and work on the issues we did not have the prospect to do earlier than with all of the back-to-back video games,” mentioned Pirlo, in search of positives after their European shortcomings.
“We have to dive into the championship as a result of we’re solely in March and nonetheless have many video games.”
Serie A prime scorer Ronaldo might console himself with a purpose within the Sardegna Area, the one prime flight Italian stadium the place the Portuguese striker has by no means discovered the web.
“I nonetheless imagine we are able to win the Scudetto,” mentioned 23-year-old ahead Federico Chiesa who outshone veteran Ronaldo with three objectives over two legs towards Porto.
“We should bounce again with a giant efficiency towards Cagliari.”
The Sardinians, two factors above the relegation zone, are unbeaten of their final three video games since Leonardo Semplici took over to snap a 16-match winless run.
In Turin, leaders Inter tackle coronavirus-hit Torino with coach Antonio Conte sitting out a touchline ban.
Large-scoring Inter boosted their ambitions of a primary ‘Scudetto’ since 2010 with a win over Atalanta final weekend.
Torino, in nineteenth, have misplaced their final three Serie A matches towards Inter, conceding at the least three objectives in every sport.
Napoli take their push for Champions League soccer to the San Siro towards Milan earlier than subsequent week’s conflict with third-placed Roma who journey to Parma who’re on a 17-match winless run.
Ahead Hirving Lozano has returned to coaching offering a lift for Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Italy’s two remaining Champions League hopefuls this season Lazio and Atalanta kick off the weekend on Friday towards Crotone and Spezia respectively.
Atalanta are one level off fourth-placed Roma, and subsequent journey to Actual Madrid within the Champions League after shedding the primary leg of their final 16 tie 1-0.
Lazio are seventh after shedding to Juventus final weekend and subsequent week play European champions Bayern Munich who thrashed the Romans 4-1 within the first leg.
One to observe: Fikayo Tomori
AC Milan’s English defender Tomori has impressed since transferring from Chelsea on mortgage in January, with after 5 league appearances sporting director Paolo Maldini indicating a everlasting deal might be on the playing cards.
“It is superb to really feel wished right here, particularly by a legend like Maldini, one of many biggest defenders of all time, if not the easiest,” mentioned Tomori, 23, earlier than Thursday’s Europa League journey to Manchester United.
“This offers me loads of confidence.”
42 – Factors between Inter and Torino
20 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s purpose in Serie A
10 – Juve’s factors off prime spot
7 – Inter’s successful run
Fixtures (all instances GMT)
Lazio v Crotone (1400), Atalanta v Spezia (1945)
Sassuolo v Hellas Verona (1400), Benevento v Fiorentina (1700), Genoa v Udinese (1945)
Bologna v Sampdoria (1130), Parma v AS Roma, Torino v Inter Milan (1400), Cagliari v Juventus (1700), AC Milan v Napoli (1945)