Juventus beat Roma to earn their fourth straight Serie A win while Napoli earn points as well.
Despite the lack of local flavour on the pitch, the 30,000 fans in the stands made sure everyone at home knew what they were missing – an absolute mouthwatering and nail-biting encounter.
Over the years AC Milan have elevated their game and they are not mere pushovers these days. They are hungry for success whereas, the Kings of Italian Serie A – Juventus have been struggling since last season and still, now they are winless after being halted by Rossoneri at Turin.
There is no need to describe in detail the illustrious coaching career of Jose Mourinho. He once declared himself as The Special One and till today, he has lived up to the expectations. He has achieved greater feats in his coaching career which many of the best could envy. And, even at this age, he has not stopped achieving new feats.
It seems that this week has been all about the returns – Cristiano Ronaldo returned at Manchester United and made it a memorable one, Romelu Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge and followed the path of Ronaldo, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was active again and now, it was time for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return in Rossineri colours and register his name on the score sheet as AC Milan won by 2-0 against Lazio.
How would life be in Turin after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo? It would be different, but no one was expecting such a shocking defeat against Empoli. Juventus were lacklustre and never looked like playing as a cohesive unit and Juve know how such defeats against lower-ranked teams make the difference in the title race.
Juventus have reappointed Massimiliano Allegri as the new coach of Juventus and which means they had to show Andrea Pirlo the exit door. It was a sad end to one of the sharpest brains in world football and the legend of Juve as well. When Pirlo was appointed as the coach of Juve, it was a risky but smart gamble that backfired in the last season but could have been fruitful in the next.
As soon as the excitement of the final day of the English Premier League ended the focus shifted to the Italian Serie A where the former champions Juventus were in dire straits because their place in next season’s Champions League was a huge risk and obviously, it would be unusual to experience watching Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the Europa League.
There is no option other than winning the remaining matches for Juventus. Otherwise, the outcome would be disastrous for Andrea Pirlo and their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. After losing the race for the Italian Serie A title, featuring in the Europa League would never be welcomed by the fans of Juve and thus, the encounter against Inter at Turin was like a do-or-die affair.
10 goals have been scored and none conceded in the last two matches. The name of the team is AC Milan and their vintage display last night against Torino was the reminiscence of the past when the Rossoneri were the best club in the world. Still, time changes, and with that the fortunes of the teams like AC Milan. The 0-7 thrashing of Torino might be the indication of the return to the glory days.
When Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, Paulo Dybala scored 68 goals by then and Ronaldo was struggling to hit the net for a while, but after he broke the jinx, scoring goals became a habit for the best player in the world. Juventus are going through a lean patch, still, Ronaldo’s goal-scoring abilities are keeping their hopes alive.
With the Champions League place at stake, there could be no options other than a victory for Juventus, but in a sensational night at the Juventus Stadium AC Milan simply thrashed the holders and put their qualifications for the showpiece event in Europe riskier than ever. In Turin, the Rossoneri rejoiced while for Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo – there was nothing but frustrations.
The Nerazzurri scored goals, defended well, dominated at the center of the park and Conte’s 3-5-2 formation reaped a rich harvest – the Blue and Black would be back in the UEFA Champions League next season and this glory is expected to inspire them for achieving the ultimate glory.
Napoli, Juventus and Milan all have 66 points, two behind second-placed Atalanta. Leaders Inter are 11 points clear and heading for their first title since 2010, while sixth-placed Lazio have a game in hand and are now five points off Milan.
AC Milan were the only unbeaten side in the top European Leagues and were also enjoying the third-longest streak of Serie A consecutive matches with a goal: 35. In the history of the competition, the only two longer streaks...