Inter on brink of Serie A title as Juve battle for Champions League spot
Inter Milan are on the brink of the Serie A title which they could claim for the first time in over a decade this weekend while Juventus scramble for a Champions League spot.
Antonio Conte’s Inter travel south to basement club Crotone on Saturday where a win would allow them to put one hand on a trophy they last won in 2010.
If Inter win and second-placed Atalanta, who are 11 points off top spot, fail to claim all three points at Sassuolo on Sunday, Inter will lift their 19th Serie A crown with four games to go.
Inter could also be crowned champions with a draw if Atalanta lose, but other results would have to go the league leaders’ way.
Inter’s Chinese president Steven Zhang returned to Milan this week for the run-in to the title celebrations.
And despite the pressure midfielder Nicolo Barella said the team were in a “calm frame of mind” having come close last season.
Inter finished one point behind Juventus last year, having also lost the Europa League final in 2020 to Sevilla.
“We had the same objective last season. We lost a final and this galvanised us,” said Barella.
“We transformed the experience into something positive. This year, we’re in the position we wanted to be in.
“We’re a well-balanced side that has found an identity.”
Barella scored in Inter’s 2-0 win over Juventus in the San Siro in January, “the match that made us aware of our strength,” the Italian said.
“Beating the team that had dominated for years was important.”
Top Inter scorers Romelu Lukaku (21) and Lautaro Martínez (15) will be eager to find the net having both failed to score in the past four games.
Crotone, meanwhile, can count on Nigerian forward Simy, the third top scorer in Serie A with 19 goals this campaign, who scored last weekend in a win over Parma to delay relegation…..read more