Cagliari and Salernitana are fighting for salvation against Venezia and Udinese For the Rossoneri of Pioli, even a draw is enough to win the title
Ninety minutes of passion, on a high-tension Sunday afternoon, separate Milan from the Scudetto party. The disheveled Sassuolo, emblem of elite provincial football, will try to trip the leaders launched to conquer the championship after 11 years, which would be the first of the post Berlusconi era.
There is another team that deserves to repeat the tricolor, Simone Inzaghi’s Inter who must settle accounts with the 40-year-old Quagliarella’s Sampdoria, who has just saved himself, in an overcrowded Meazza that hopes for company of Berardi, Scamacca and Raspadori. Milan have two out of three results available, because they would also celebrate with a draw. Pioli prepares a trap with Tomori, Kalulu and Kessie for the Sassuolo assault trio, with a particular eye on captain Berardi who scored ten goals for the Rossoneri, four at once that cost Allegri the bench. Other times, but it will take Leao’s charge, Hernandez’s forays, Tonali’s enlightened direction and Maignan’s saves to secure the championship. Simone Inzaghi hopes for the tennis player’s “short arm” applied to his cousins, but in the meantime he asks Lautaro for goals, Perisic for assists, and for Barella for raids to secure the three points with Sampdoria.
Inter also thinks of the past with nostalgia: the last arrival in the sprint, in 2010, coincided with Mourinho’s championship in the year of the treble. The leave of the championship is divided into sectors: three hours later the two teams who want to cling to Serie A will take the field to avoid relegation. Salernitana and Cagliari are separated by a point and the Campania region, authors of a spectacular comeback, are masters of their own destiny: if at home they overcome the quiet but robust Udinese they are safe. The situation of Cagliari is more complicated, playing at home in a relegated Venice, but which in Rome has proved to be alive. If the two contenders, who rely on goals from Bonazzoli and Joao Pedro, arrive on a par, the Sardinians who have a better goal difference will be saved.
The third question of Serie A in the final stages concerns the assignment of the two remaining European places: Lazio are already safe and Roma also, after last night’s victory, with the chance to qualify on Wednesday by winning the Conference League against Feyenoord. Atalanta, who have counted forwards, have the best schedule by receiving Empoli at home. Fiorentina’s path is more complicated and, after the disastrous slip with Sampdoria, faces the big match with Juventus, in the most delicate match for Vlahovic, who will be targeted by whistles for his departure in January.
It will then be transfer time for the bianconeri (the farewells of Dybala and Chiellini could be joined by those of Bernardeschi, Morata and Rabiot) to take leave of a transition year without qualifications.
Only three games will be without concrete goals at stake: Genoa sadly greets its audience by hosting Arnautovic’s Bologna, Napoli closes its good year at La Spezia. An excellent match between Lazio and Verona is expected, capable of providing a show. It is unlikely that Immobile will take the field and will win the top scorer for the fourth time, unless Vlahovic has an exploit. –