Serie A’s top four race gets fiercer; Can AC Milan survive?

We’ve not witnessed a very competitive Serie A season as the 2020/21 season in a long while. Although the winner of this season’s title is all but confirmed, the race for places in the top four is heating up and Juventus are not favorites for anything.

Juventus have owned the Serie A for a long while but Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan have proved a hard nut to crack and will eventually wrestle the Serie A title from the grips of the Old Ladies.

Inter Milan currently lead Serie A with 79 points, 13 points above the defending champions who have been forced to settle for a fight for a place in the UEFA Champions League next season. 

Juventus currently sit fourth with 66 points and have the likes of Atalanta, Napoli, AC Milan, and even Lazio to contend with for a place in the top four.

--Advertisement--

One can’t help but imagine what would happen if the Old Ladies eventually finished outside the top four. Funny enough, what was unimaginable in former seasons is well within our imaginations this term.

READ: United are favorites while an Emery vs Arsenal war looms at the Emirates

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that all eyes were on Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan who started the season like a house on fire. 

They looked good for the title and many folks thought they would be the ones to give Juventus a run for their money. However, they’ve failed in their quest for a Serie A title triumph.

--Advertisement--

At some point, folks thought they would be losing out on the Serie A only and would be in the UCL next season. 

It seemed inconceivable that they would struggle for a top-four finish at a point in time. However, it’s now conceivable as AC Milan are presently not in Serie A’s top four with 5 games to go till the end of the season.

They currently sit fifth on the log, tied on 66 points with Juventus and Napoli who they must now contend with for a place in next season’s UCL. Atalanta sit second with 68 points and the fight can get fiercer in the remaining round of matches.

READ: THE BEST CLUBS IN EUROPE IN 2021 BASED ON DOMESTIC FORM

--Advertisement--

The good thing is that there is still all to play for, for the Rossoneri. They are still in good stead for a place in next season’s UCL but will have to be very consistent in the remaining games and hope that the teams above them falter.

Their impressive form has hit a rock in recent months and inconsistencies have crept in. It would be a pity if AC Milan eventually misses out of the UCL places after an impressive start to the season. It would be said that they just flattered to deceive.

They welcome Benevento in their next game amid reports that Stefano Pioli will be changing the formation of the team. Regardless, they must beat Benevento if they want to stand a chance of making a return to the UEFA Champions League. We wait to see how it pans out and to see if Juventus would miss out or stay in.