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Italian major league, the point: “Oscar for” Juve, Roma 11 points behind

The best Milan of the season is not enought to stop an unusually cynic Juve, scoring with his two tips and now with 11 points more than Roma (but with one more game). To Tevez the Oscar for Best Actor, with mention of honour for Llorente, for its entrées on both whiteblacks’ goals: on the first he helps Lichsteiner to get away from his marker with a cross as much delicate as brilliant; on the second one he does all by himself and shots a bullet behind Abbiati’s shoulders. For once Juventus’ coach Antonio Conte can thank the differences between his individual players for a victory that overtakes usual Juventus’ matches, coming also thanks to that hint of luck that never hurts. Anyway, the result is a plus eleven on the Rome, with a schedule that, apart from Fiorentina (playing at home) and Napoli at the San Paolo, is not much threatening, giving that the direct match against Roma will be on the second to last day, probably on balance.

Roma is stopped on the 0-0 by a more than good Inter, which really seems to have found again the spirt and the “playing” it had at the beginning of the season. A draw with no gols which brings out the tactic of the team, good in minimizing Gervinho and Ljajic’s incursions. Without Totti and Maicon, Roma struggles in giving the usual quality to the play. On Sunday Garcia’s team will be on stage at Naples, playing the fourth match of the season against Benitez: this would be the opportunity to take revenge after the 0 to 3 suffered during Italian cup. For the Inter were good the first trial as regular player for Mauro Icardi, which appears totally different from the last Milito, and the coming back of Alvarez, confirming himself as a worthy substitute for Hernanes.

Also the Naples loiters, not going beyond a 1 to 1 against a good Livorno playing at home. It was without Higuain. The tactical lession Benitez gave during the press conference was not followed by his players, who get blocked, sometimes even scared, by Tuscans.

Sassuolo loses, and this is becoming a dangerous habit. Seventh consecutive defeat for the blackgreens, yesterday playing at home against a Parma which is now sixth in the placements, one point beyond Inter: compared to the two other surprises of the championship, Verona and Turin, it may be the team which can point to the Europe with more hopes. Lazio redeems the elimination of the Europe League beating 1 to 0 Fiorentina with an amazing goal from Cana. Fiorentina which is losing ground for the run to Champions League, while Lazio is back in the Europe League zone.

Verona, without Toni, doesn’t manage to go beyond a faint 0-0 at home against Bologna, testifying the difference that the Emilian striker brings in this team, while Torino fall at the Olympic against a Sampdoria trailed by a super Okaka and Gabbiadini’s class. Cagliari returns to winning ways beating at home the Udinese 3 to 0, virtually securing his safety, so ad the Atalanta, winner over Chievo.

Classification: Juventus 69; Roma 58*; Napoli 52; Fiorentina 45; Inter 41; Parma* e Verona 40; Lazio 38; Torino 36; Milan e Genoa 35; Sampdoria e Atalanta 31; Cagliari e Udinese 28; Bologna 22; Chievo e Livorno 21; Catania 19; Sassuolo 17.

Matteo Martinelli



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