The struggle for the Champions League intensified on the impact of the continental benefits

The struggle for the Champions League intensified on the impact of the continental benefits
The struggle for the Champions League intensified on the impact of the continental benefits

The second Juventus, with 66 points, lives on the premonition of deducting some points from its balance due to financial manipulation, before receiving Cremonese on Sunday.

The “Old Lady” team will play its next match after a difficult 1-1 draw with its Spanish counterpart, Seville, in stoppage time, Thursday, in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals.

“Bianconeri” coach Massimiliano Allegri congratulated his team on maintaining its “calm” under pressure against the Andalusian club, stressing that the return match “may last for 120 minutes,” referring to the extension of time in the event of a tie.

And if he wins the “Europa League” title, Allegri’s men will guarantee their participation in the Champions League, regardless of their result in the league, in light of the talk of a tendency to settle part of the 15 points that he recovered in his appeal to the penalty related to financial manipulation, as he occupies second place 4 stages before the end. season.

And the local federation of the game reported on Wednesday that the Italian sports justice will review Juventus’ penalty on May 22, which was suspended on April 20 for re-evaluation.

-Inter to prepare for the Milan derby-

Inter will host Sassuolo on Saturday, after setting foot in the final of the main continental competition, by defeating its neighbor Milan 2-0 in the first leg, Wednesday, in the Milan derby, which he scored 11 minutes after the starting whistle.

Before the second chapter of the expected confrontation next week, “Niratsuri” seeks to collect the three points to secure its seat in the main continental competition.

Inter, fourth-placed, two points ahead of Milan (63 versus 61), 3 behind Juventus and a point behind Lazio III, reflects a wonderful picture in the recent period, as it won its last four matches in the league with an average of 3.5 goals per match. He also set a date in the local cup final with Fiorentina on the 24th of this month, after he emerged victorious from the Italian derby against Juventus (1-1, 1-0).

These results did not hide the lack of stability in the men of coach Simone Inzaghi, as they lost 11 matches in “Serie A” this season, including 5 at home, and they did not succeed in winning at their stadium “Giuseppe Meazza” over Sassuolo only once in their last seven matches ( 21- in April 2021).

-…and Milan to make up for the loss-

For his part, Milan hopes to compensate for his loss against his neighbor Inter 0-2, but first he must return with the three points from Spezia, which is threatened with relegation, on Saturday.

Although the loss was severe for the “Rossoneri” on Wednesday, Inter was the better party, while coach Stefano Pioli’s men had a lot to change back, but they must now reserve their position among the first four in the league.

And Milan is armed with his easy task on paper by not losing his last 17 matches outside his stronghold in the league (11 wins against 6 draws), while he does not want to fall into the trap of a tie away from home for the third time in a row, for the first time since 2017 after a draw against Milan. Bologna and Roma, with the same result, 1-1, in the 30th and 32nd stages.

Spezia has a lot to put the three points into his eyes, as he started the current year 8 points away from the relegation zones, but he is entering this stage 3 points behind Verona, the first survivor, after losing to Cremonese, the bottom runner-up, 0-2 in the last stage.

Spezia is struggling to stay in “Serie A” for the third season in a row, despite the difficulty of his task, as he won only one of the last 16 matches (6 draws against 9 defeats), and he did not succeed in scoring his competitors in 7 of his last nine matches in the league. .

Lazio is preparing to receive Lecce on Friday at the opening of the competitions of this stage, hoping that it will return to second place after losing three of its last five matches in its own home, the last of which was against Milan 0-2, awaiting the outcome of the Juventus match.

Sixteenth-placed Lecce are struggling to stay out of the relegation zone, having won only one of their last five matches.

Atalanta will be sixth, with a difference of goals from Roma, seventh (58 points each) at Salernitana on Saturday, while the capital club will travel to Bologna on Sunday, 3 days after its precious victory at home over Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the first leg of the “Europa League” semi-finals. .

Napoli, who won the league title for the third time in its history and the first since 1990, led by the late Argentine legend Diego Maradona, with a 1-1 draw against Udinese in stage 33, will travel to Monza on Sunday.