A season that promised so much has delivered very little, and with 13 games left Serie A is whimpering to a standstill.
The excitement of Napoli’s summer of spending, Roma’s amazing start and the resurgence of Inter Milan meant that Juventus’s hold on the Italian title appeared to be coming to end.
Fast forward 25 games and the Old Lady sit 9 points clear at the top of the table, the false hope that two draws in their last five games have given to their rivals almost as laughable as the bookmakers still taking odds on Roma.
Antonio Conte’s men appear to have a relatively comfortable run in with games with fourth place Fiorentina, Parma, Livorno, Bologna, Atalanta and Cagliari at home while the only difficulty in their away games will come a Roma and a third place Napoli, distracted by Europe and their participation in the Coppa Italia final.
Conte will know that if they win their home games and their easier away games then these clashes will be redundant, especially the one with Roma in May.
Looking at their easier away games the only real difficult will come from resurgent AC Milan.
The January appointment of Clarence Seedorf and the signing of Keisuke Honda have lifted the club with their improved results pushing the club to within five points of fifth place Inter.
Roma meanwhile has seen a promising season whittle away and will now focus on securing their place in the Champions league although with games with Inter Milan, Napoli, Fiorentina and Juventus Rudi Garcia and his men will have their work cut out.
Napoli meanwhile are still in the hunt for trophies, which after a summer of high profile signings will be the aim for the final part of the season.
The Coppa Italia and Europa League will be the targets for Rafa Benitez although the former Liverpool manager will also be keen on securing Champions league football.
A poor November scuppered any hopes of a title with the Naples outfit currently 15 points off the leaders.
The good news for those that don’t have an interest in the destination of the title will come in the shape of a resurgent AC Milan, the potential survival of Sassuolo and their on loan forward DomenicoBerardi, a potential comeback for Giuseppe Rossi and the form of Torino attacker Ciro Immobile. Follow AC Milan soccer battles and rest SERIE A team live football streaming online every weekend and be part of Italian football tv online.
While Milan are proven winners at the top level they have suffered a dip in recent season but under Seedorf they could be back amongst the big boys next season.
Sassuolo meanwhile are novices at this level but have captured the eye with their spirited performances this season. The club are currently bottom, four points from safety but with games against Juventus, Roma, Fiorentina and Milan they will have to be at their best against the likes of Catania, Atalanta, Cagliari and Chievo.
On the playing front, the season was belonging to Giuseppe Rossi before his injury in January with his absence throwing the spotlight on emerging talents, Berardi and Immobile.
19 year old striker Berardi is currently co-owned by Juventus and looks set to join the club next season.
Rated as the best young prospect in Italy, the uncapped Berardi could even force his way into the Italian World Cup squad.
Immobile meanwhile has also caught the eye and has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund, although Juventus has been linked with the 24 year old, who like Berardi could force his way onto the plane for Brazil.
The season is entering the final third and while there is still plenty of football left to play for one thing we know for sure is Juventus will be Champions.
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