Juve pick themselves up and head for Cagliari after Champions League exit
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus dust themselves down and head for lowly Cagliari on Sunday, concentrated on restoring their quote for a 10th successive league title with their Champions League aspirations buried for another season.
Juventus crashed out in the last 16 for the 2nd successive year, losing on away objectives to FC Porto in Turin, and now likewise run the risk of completing the season without the Serie A prize.
Andrea Pirlo’s side are 3rd — 10 points off leaders Inter Milan who take a trip to relegation-threatened Torino — however having actually played a video game less.
Second-placed Air Conditioner Milan, 4 points ahead of Juventus, host Napoli, in 6th, where a fault by Stefano Pioli’s side might let the champs close the space.
“We’ll have time to improve now and work on the things we didn’t have the chance to do before with all the back-to-back games,” stated Pirlo, trying to find positives after their European drawbacks.
“We need to dive into the championship because we are only in March and still have many games.”
Serie A leading scorer Ronaldo might console himself with an objective in the Sardegna Arena, the only leading flight Italian arena where the Portuguese striker has actually never ever discovered the internet.
“I still believe we can win the Scudetto,” stated 23-year-old forward Federico Chiesa who outperformed veteran Ronaldo with 3 objectives over 2 legs versus Porto.
“We must bounce back with a big performance against Cagliari.”
The Sardinians, 2 points above the transfer zone, are unbeaten in their last 3 video games considering that Leonardo Semplici took control of to snap a 16-match winless run.
In Turin, leaders Inter handle coronavirus-hit Torino with coach Antonio Conte remaining a touchline restriction.
Big-scoring Inter improved their aspirations of a very first ‘Scudetto’ considering that 2010 with a win over Atalanta last weekend.
Torino, in 19th, have actually lost their last 3 Serie A matches versus Inter, yielding a minimum of 3 objectives in each video game.
Napoli take their push for Champions League football to the San Siro versus Milan prior to next week’s clash with third-placed Roma who take a trip to Parma who are on a 17-match winless run.
Forward Hirving Lozano has actually gone back to training offering an increase for Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Italy’s 2 staying Champions League hopefuls this season Lazio and Atalanta start the weekend on Friday versus Crotone and Spezia respectively.
Atalanta are one point off fourth-placed Roma, and next travel to Genuine Madrid in the Champions League after losing the very first leg of their last 16 tie 1-0.
Lazio are seventh after losing to Juventus last weekend and next week play European champs Bayern Munich who surged the Romans 4-1 in the very first leg.
One to view: Fikayo Tomori
Air Conditioner Milan’s English protector Tomori has actually impressed considering that moving from Chelsea on loan in January, with after 5 league looks sporting director Paolo Maldini showing an irreversible offer might be on the cards.
“It’s amazing to feel wanted here, especially by a legend like Maldini, one of the greatest defenders of all time, if not the very best,” stated Tomori, 23, prior to Thursday’s Europa League journey to Manchester United.
“This gives me a lot of confidence.”
42 – Points in between Inter and Torino
20 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s objective in Serie A
10 – Juve’s points off leading area
7 – Inter’s winning run
Components (perpetuity GMT)
Lazio v Crotone (1400), Atalanta v Spezia (1945)
Sassuolo v Hellas Verona (1400), Benevento v Fiorentina (1700), Genoa v Udinese (1945)
Bologna v Sampdoria (1130), Parma v AS Roma, Torino v Inter Milan (1400), Cagliari v Juventus (1700), Air Conditioner Milan v Napoli (1945)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.