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Serie A standings: AC Milan lead the league, but Inter Milan retain top spot

AC Milan reclaim top spot in the Serie A table following Inter Milan’s draw at the Stadio Maradona against Napoli last Saturday. The fight between Juventus and Atalanta for the last place in the Champions League is still relevant. Lazio and AS Roma are still too inconsistent to fight for fourth place, while Fiorentina are back on track with a fine victory in Spezia. Elsewhere, Cagliari are proving to be a different side after the January transfer window, and Salernitana have decided to fire their manager and try something new, hoping the move will help them avoid relegation. And now, the rankings.

1 – Inter Milano (-)

Even though Inter Milan lost the top spot in the Serie A table this week, we still see them as a strong contender to win the title at the end of the season for two reasons. Firstly, Simone Inzaghi’s side have one more game to play (against Bologna away), so on a points-per-game basis they are still top of the league. But above all, Inter Milan have had many tough games over the past month, including the Milan derby, Napoli away, Atalanta away and Lazio at home. For these reasons, the next few weeks should look better, the schedule becoming more flexible and other points will be on the way if all goes well.

2 – AC Milan (-)

AC Milan had a stellar week, with a crucial win over Inter Milan, an easy Coppa Italia win over Lazio at home, and a 1-0 home win over Sampdoria by the former Rossoneri manager , Marco Giampaolo. A result that allows Milan supporters to find the top of the table after almost three months. Rafael Leao’s goal was the difference maker and was assisted by goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who is proving to be one of the best in Italy this year, having replaced Gianluigi Donnarumma who left the club at the end of the season last. Maignan is second only to Samir Handonovic (Inter) in terms of goals conceded, with 1.45 goals less than the goalkeeping average, given the shots he has faced. He thus joins Pepe Reina (Lazio) among the only Italian goalkeepers to have delivered decisive passes.

3 – Napoli (-)

Napoli needed a good result against Inter Milan to prove they could be in the title race this season. The draw against the team of Simone Inzaghi (1-1) gave some regrets to the supporters. Napoli are still in the race since they are only two points less than AC Milan, but at the same time a victory could give them more hopes and a boost especially from a psychological point of view in terms of ambitions and conscience. At the same time, they seem sure to secure a Champions League spot for next season.

4 – Juventus (-)

A late Danilo goal saved Massimiliano Allegri’s side from losing a crucial Champions League game against Atalanta. Getting a point is a good match result considering that Atalanta won the xG battle 2.13-0.81. Nevertheless, the Bianconeri are a different team after their January transfers, and that has led to a new atmosphere, with much more confidence, not least thanks to the signing of Serbian striker Dusan Vlahović. With a victory in Bergamo, Allegri was hoping to aim to be part of the conversation for the title race as well, but that seems unlikely as things stand.

5 – Atalanta BC (-)

Like Juventus, Atalanta conceded a last-minute goal against Allegri’s team and that leaves regrets for the coach and the supporters. A win against Juventus could give Atalanta a boost in the Champions League race and it was also a signal for the rivals, and it’s a particularly bitter pill to swallow given the way they have dominated the game.

6 – Lazio (-)

Against Bologna, Maurizio Sarri found in Mattia Zaccagni the right player to make the difference in a team that has been too inconsistent from one week to the next. He scored on his two shots and expected 0.69 goals in support of star forward Ciro Immobile who scored on five shots and 1.39 xG. However, the question around this team remains: can they do it every week?

7 – Fiorentina (+1)

After losing at home to Lazio, Vincenzo Italiano’s Fiorentina got back on track by winning at Spezia on Monday night. It’s an important result for Fiorentina as they face life after Vlahovic. What was encouraging was not just Piatek’s first Serie A goal for Fiorentina but the fact that he had five shots and 1.54 xG, a dominating performance from the striker.

8 – Roma (-1)

Roma’s problems remain the same. José Mourinho still faces the same problem, inconstancy. Against Sassuolo, AS Roma needed a stoppage-time equalizer from Bryan Cristane to salvage a point despite a 2.58-1.19 victory. The statistics may be good but if the results do not follow, it will be difficult to consider this year a success.

9 – Hellas Verona (+1)

A great victory for Igor Tudor’s team, which won at home against Udinese, making it one of the teams to watch for the coming months. Their surprising season has been well deserved so far. They are in ninth place in the standings. They also have the ninth-best shots total in the league. And their total xG against? Also ninth.

10 – Turin (-1)

The disappointing end to the game against Venezia, with Andrea Belotti’s goal disallowed by VAR, came at the worst time for manager Ivan Juric. A huge game against Juventus this weekend can help change their mood immediately.

11 – Sassuolo (+1)

Despite the draw against Roma, coach Dionisi was disappointed after the game as the Neroverdi could have taken all three points had it not been for the late goal they conceded. Sassuolo floats in the middle of the table and that’s where they will end up at the end of the season.

12 – Empolis (+2)

Even though Empoli’s last win dates back to December 12 against Napoli, Andreazzoli’s side have proven to be a strong and solid team over the past few weeks, with some key draws against direct rivals and also some missed chances. to score even more deserved points (since January 1, they have the 11th best xG per game in Serie A). At the same time, they definitely need wins. Their progress in this ranking is due to the poor results of rivals, such as Bologna.

13 – Bologna (-2)

Bologna are in bad shape after a good start to the season and haven’t won a single game since the start of the year. During this period, they had the third worst defense in the league and the fifth worst attack. Sinisa Mihajlovic needs to change something ASAP if he wants to avoid being sacked (and some rumors have already started).

14 – Sampdoria (+1)

Despite the loss at the San Siro, Marco Giampaolo’s side look completely different after the return of the former AC Milan coach, who gave the team fresh air and fresh ideas. Wladimiro Falcone, who took Audero’s place in the goals of Giampaolo’s starting XI, had a monster game stopping 14 out of 15 shots.

15 – Udinese (-2)

Losing 4-0 to Hellas Verona is a miserable result, a slap in the face for coach Cioffi and the team who now have to react in the next games if they are to avoid being dragged into the relegation fight.

16 – Cagliari (-)

Cagliari are proving more and more that there has been a change in mentality after the Christmas break. For a month and a half, this team has been playing like a club at the top of the table. Especially defensively, where they only concede one goal per game, and 1.1 xG per game, the fifth and sixth best performances in Serie A respectively. They are a team which, given their form current, deserves to stay in Serie A.

17 – Spezia (-)

The loss to Fiorentina was somewhat expected, although Thiago Motta’s side have shown plenty of improvement in recent weeks, with three wins from their last five games. The race to avoid relegation will be long, but they have a chance of surviving the season.

18 – Venezia (+1)

Winning against Torino away was a relief as Venezia had not won a single game since November 21 against Bologna. Almost three months later, Paolo Zanetti can now hope to get back on track, happy to have not only a victory under his belt but also a difficult part of the calendar behind him.

19 – Genoa (-1)

Three draws in a row and still no victory under new coach Blessin who is struggling to improve his team despite major transfers in January. Genoa have won just one game in the entire Serie A season. Cagliari on September 12 and that’s obviously not enough to get the job done if they want to survive.

20 – Salernitana (-)

After the draw against Genoa and with the club still at the bottom of the table, sporting director Walter Sabatini decided to fire coach Colantuono to appoint former Crotone and Torino coach Davide Nicola, who is considered as one of the best when it comes to “miracles” and avoiding relegation. It is still unlikely that they will succeed, but never say never.

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