Susy Campanale’s Serie A Column: The last dance

Sassuolo and Milan club crests

It’s the final round of the 2021-22 Serie A season and so much is still up in the air going into those last 90 minutes. Milan need one point for the Scudetto, but Sassuolo are in no mood to give up anything, while Sampdoria face Inter with the visible relief of a side that has seen the threat of relegation lifted off their shoulders. Elsewhere, it’s a three-way fight for the final Europa League spot and Roma are also distracted by the Conference League Final. The round and the campaign…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A Column: Motivation is everything

We enter the penultimate round of a positively thrilling Serie A season that has kept us guessing to the very end for the Scudetto, European spots and relegation places. With so much uncertainty, it means going into the final 180 minutes there are only four teams with nothing left to play for. That inevitably creates even more uncertainty, because the races for various targets are intersecting like never before and could provide us with further surprise results. The biggest risk here is Cagliari-Inter, where a sense of desperation permeates both…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A Column: Take nothing for granted

Genoa and Sampdoria badges ahead of their Serie A fixture

We go into the final four rounds of the season and absolutely nothing is to be considered predictable. Inter played their game in hand against Bologna and lost, meaning Milan are now two points clear at the top – three if we consider they have the superior head-to-head record. Juventus and Napoli are probably, but not certainly, safe in the top four, but the relegation dogfight is more open than ever thanks to Salernitana’s surge fuelled by specialist in miracle escapes Davide Nicola. Genoa, Cagliari and Sampdoria are all in…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A Column: Mourinho shakes up Scudetto battle

Inter and Roma club crests

The Scudetto race really is going down to the wire, although Napoli appear to have fallen by the wayside after yet again choking at the key moments. It’s a Milan Derby at the top and the Rossoneri are grateful it won’t be decided by their head-to-head in the Coppa Italia, which saw Inter emerge 3-0 winners on Tuesday. The Nerazzurri face Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Saturday, while Milan visit unpredictable Lazio. Juventus have to step up their game for the trip to Sassuolo and there’s a massive relegation dogfight between…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Easter surprises

Milan and Genoa club crests

When the title race gets this tight, momentum becomes the key and it is evaporating rapidly from two of the Scudetto contenders. Milan look like they’re running out of steam, crawling along with a series of 1-0 wins followed by back-to-back goalless draws, while Napoli move in fits and starts, crashing the moment they are in a position to really surge. Inter already had their crisis in February and March, yet with a game in hand are still in reach of top spot and have a simpler run-in than their…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Scudetto race wide open

The title race is hotter than ever with just one point separating the top two and Inter with a game in hand four points behind. Milan are leaking momentum and desperately need a boost with Torino, while Napoli and Inter have some tough tests as well against Fiorentina and Verona respectively. The relegation and European races intersect and at this stage of the season they can be very unpredictable. Belotti can break Milan It’s crunch time for Stefano Pioli’s men, as their lead at the top has been whittled down…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Head-to-heads at the top

Italian football has to shake off the World Cup disappointment and resume the Serie A battle on a weekend where four of the top five teams go head-to-head. The Derby d’Italia sees Juventus and Inter face off with only one point separating them – even if the Nerazzurri have a game in hand – while Napoli go into a very tricky trip to Atalanta. Derby d’Italia date Juventus would be fighting for top spot already if not for the disastrous start to the campaign, as seen by their remarkable climb…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Rome Derby drama

Milan are for the first time clear at the top regardless of Inter’s game in hand, but they both have tricky fixtures this weekend and Napoli could take advantage. Juventus must shake off their Champions League exit and regroup against Salernitana, but the biggest game is undoubtedly the Derby Della Capitale. Lazio can do derby double Maurizio Sarri and Jose Mourinho spent most of the season complaining about the fixture list and fatigued players after Thursday nights in Europe. Now Lazio are out and Roma were pushed to the 90th…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Milan’s weakness and new Napoli upset

Milan vs. Empoli, Serie A

Milan’s victory away to Napoli sent them clear at the top, pending Inter’s game in hand, and forced the Partenopei to start looking over their shoulders at rampaging Juventus. The fights for Europe and to avoid relegation are getting tighter as we head into the final 10 games of the season. Empoli can trip Milan up If there’s one thing we’ve learned this season, it’s that Milan step up for the big games and have dropped far too many points against the minnows. Empoli are perfect examples of a side…

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Susy Campanale’s Serie A column: Scudetto race wide open

Napoli and Milan club crests ahead of their Serie A fixture

It feels like nobody particularly wants to win this Scudetto, but that’s just making the Serie A title race all the more exciting. Even Juventus have closed to within seven points of the leaders and can’t be entirely ruled out either. What we do have is the joint leaders going head-to-head at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday evening and that is going to be fascinating viewing. Tired Inter running out of steam? Inter get the party started on Friday evening against rock bottom Salernitana, but a side that…

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