Milan goes to the Champions League. Juventus doesn't. Here is the response of an unmemorable match at the Stadium between the Rossoneri and the Bianconeri. For Milan, more determined, Olivier Giroud's header in the 40th minute is enough to carve out a victory that allows them to join, with their fourth car, the train of Europe. And to think more serenely about the market thanks to the 50 million that will arrive in the Devil's pockets from participation in the Great Cup.
For Juventus, seventh behind Roma and Atalanta, even the bogeyman of an ever deeper crisis (third consecutive defeat after the new penalty) is not enough to find, if not a shred of game, at least the pride of belonging that was. Instead, no game, no love of the flag: just a lot of confusion that reaffirms, even in the result, the confusion that reigns in society. «It was a very difficult year, but on the field the boys gave their all so much that, without penalties, we would be in Europe», Allegri explained, reiterating that after having launched several young players, «he will commit himself to return to competition». Words of circumstance. The problem is that the future is yet to be written. Will Allegri still be the coach? And if Giuntoli arrives, the diesse of Naples, is it possible that this strange couple, with almost opposite ideas, can coexist? A discrete chaos reigns in the Juventus home and after this further misstep (the tenth in the league) things get even more complicated. The most booed by the Juventus fans was Angel Di Maria, once again absent and inconclusive. A sign of him, as for other black and white colonels, of an ever clearer detachment from Allegri, certainly responsible for a wavering and never proactive management in the game. But parting ways with Allegri, who still weighs around forty million on the budget, won't be an easy choice. The total names have already started with the usual Conte in pole position. The impression is that, in addition to the money for exclusion from Europe, ideas are above all lacking. Fresh ideas for a structured relaunch of a team at the mercy of the current like a dismasted sailing ship.
Lazio beats Cremonese (3-2) and is second again
With a brace from Milinkovic Savic and a goal after just 4 minutes from Hysaj, Sarri's team overcame Ballardini's grey-reds with some difficulty. A victory that still allows them to regain second place in the standings (71 points) ahead of Inter who are still on 69 points. of Milan, will have the mathematical certainty of participating in the next Italian Super Cup. What to say? For Sarri, who has been coaching Lazio since last season, this is already an excellent result, a result which however is not enough for the insatiable president Lotito who wants, absolutely wants, second place behind Napoli. To hit it, it will be necessary to beat Inter in the last game, in a challenge with crossed destinies, now with their heads to the final with City.
Inter projected towards Istanbul
Truly a grand finale for Inzaghi's team who, by now, turn everything they touch into gold. Even with Atalanta, which once gave the grown-ups a toothache, everything goes smoothly. In front of their own fans, with the wind in their sails for the recently won Coppa Italia, Inter practically finished the match in three minutes. First with Lukaku on the counterattack, and then with Barella (volley), the Inzaghi boys knocked out Atalanta, a bit like what happened in the first Euroderby with Milan. In this atmosphere of merry madness anything goes. The players from Bergamo have made up for it, shortening with Pasalic. But then Lautaro intervened to dispel all fear. The final 3-2 is misleading. Above all for Inter who conquered, with this victory, the certainty of playing in the Champions League next year, leaving them free to focus only on the final against City on 10 June in Istanbul. With one advantage: whatever happens, it will remain in Europe, a necessary condition to replenish the company's coffers. But this is not the time to talk about money, always forgotten when you win and immediately remembered when you lose. Inter's problem, if we want to call it that, is to maintain the current state of grace. In a year of ups and downs like this (two months ago Inzaghi was on the grill), it's not a detail to be underestimated. City are a squadron led by the best manager around. Which perhaps has only one flaw: to slip on a few steps in its climb to Heaven. Here, to beat City and cage his friend Guardiola, he would have to slide down one of these steps on which Pep stumbles once. Only that we need a highly concentrated, cynical and infallible Inter at the net with their bomber jackets. Better Lautaro and Lukaku, the famous devastating "Lu-La", or is it better to start with Dzeko in the starting position and the Belgian scorer on the bench? We will see. So far, Inzaghi has always behaved well in the face of these dry challenges. Maybe it's time not to give him unsolicited advice.
The divorce between Spalletti and De Laurentiis. Second act
While Napoli draws (2-2) with Bologna, thus saying goodbye to the points record despite Osimhen's brace, the center of the scene is occupied by the imminent divorce between Spalletti and De Laurentiis. «We did very well, what makes the difference anyway, and relieves depression, is the feeling of the city. All you need to do is meet the people of Naples and everything becomes easier», said Spalletti, avoiding replying to De Laurentiis ("Being in Naples is a privilege, not an obligation...") for a long time he has been hunting for a new coach. In particular of the former coach of Spain, Luis Enrique, whose demands are, however, very high. From Fazio, the president De Laurentiis specified that Spalletti asked him for "a sabbatical year". "I will always thank him," concluded De Laurentiis, "but when a coach expresses this wish to you, you can't do anything but meet him...". Who is right is not known. Surely they are both wrong.