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Italian “Serie A”: Juve wins still in the hotel room. A little derby goes to Milan

Juventus wins its third consecutive Scudetto, watching the television in its hotel room. It wins looking Roma, which loudly falls in Catania, a 4 to 1 which underlines the different motivations which brought the two teams on the field. At the Massimino there is no trace of the spectacular game Rome got us used to, game which will be anyway the starting point for Garcia in preparing another top season. The other side of the coin sees a Catania surprisingly alive, back in the middle of the safety battle.

Monday match in wich Juventus defeats 1-0 Atalanta, is only for the statistics and to start the party.

In one of the less spoken derbies of the last years, playing at all-but-European rhythms, Milan re-starts after Roma’s stop and makes an important step, maybe decisive, to Euroleague. Victory which comes thanks to a head-goal from Nigel De Jong, a play style which perfectly shows the lack of technique that the team can offer at this moment. Three points which allow Milan to keep Parma and Torino’s rhythms and to get only three points beyond Inter, at fifth place.

At the other side of Naviglio, Inter suddenly puts its fifth place in discussion: Torino is only two points far, Lazio and Verona three. Let alone that next day will see Inter vs Lazio, another direct match that could be decisive. Mazzarri’s men came onto the field without spiting a draw, attitude that they have paid bad: now, they should look at their back and no more at the fourth place, teams beyond them have already started the surpass.

Torino and Parma both win and keep open the fight for the Europe League: sunday the direct match Torino vs Parma could decide the sixth. A series of direct matches in the last few days which makes the fighting for the sixth place really alive, hoping that the Thursdays of Cup won’t be considered as distractions. Spectacular the five to three with which Udinese kills Livorno, now last in the ranking, more boring the 0-0 between Genoa and Bologna: five teams in five points, from Chievo to Livorno, which are playing for the safety. Winning on Tuesday in Firenze, Sassuolo made a huge step forward but, as we have seen with Catania, the game are all still open.

Matteo Martinelli



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