THREE INTO TWO SIMPLY WILL NOT GO
Even though Inter Milan have won this season’s Serie A at a canter and finally broken Juventus’ nine-year spell of dominance, there are still a number of matters that need to be resolved on the final day of the campaign.
Matters that primarily involve qualification for Europe and with Roma and Sassuolo duking it out for entry into the inaugural edition of UEFA’s Europa Conference League, Jose Mourinho will no doubt be watching how events unfold.
Because with the former Tottenham boss now soon to become the Roma manager, he will be interested to see whether he needs to keep Thursday nights free and the same can be said for whoever is in charge of Juventus next season.
It may be Andrea Pirlo at the time of writing this article, although even if Juventus do manage to earn another Coppa Italia this evening (Wednesday), it may not be enough to save the current man in charge.
Mainly because of two reasons and with the most pertinent of those being failure to land a tenth successive Scudetto for the club, the other could be that Juventus find themselves outside the top four.
A position that they currently find themselves in and although they earned a dramatic win over Inter Milan last weekend, a return to the Champions League next season is not one that they find in their own hands.
Going into Round 38 of this Serie A season, it is a rather simple equation and at present, three into two will not go. While ahead of Juventus in the Champions League queue are both Napoli and AC Milan.
For both of Juventus’ top four rivals, all they need to do is win on the final day and if maximum points can be delivered, then an invite to European club football’s top table is one that will soon be in the post.
A task that should be easy enough for Napoli, as they play host to mid-table Verona and if you were a betting man this weekend, you would expect Gennaro Gattuso’s men to get over the line with considerable ease.
However, the task is not so easy for AC Milan and after dropping points last weekend, one wonders just how costly a goalless draw at home to Cagliari will be. Especially, as they have to travel to Atalanta on Sunday.
The only thing that may go in their favour, is the fact that the Bergamo based outfit have already secured Champions League football and for that reason, they may be ready to take their foot off the pedal.
Then again, if they do decide to go full pelt and look to wrap up second place behind Inter, then Juventus will be in the perfect position to pounce. That is if they do not stutter at the very last and fail to get the better of a Bologna side who have absolutely nothing to play for.