Juventus has managed to avoid a cataclysm this season and will be in the next edition of the Champions League. Pirlo’s men faced the last day of Serie A against Bologna from fifth place, forced to win and wait for a puncture from Naples or Milan to avoid being left out of the top European competition. Hellas Verona gave the surprise and drew against the Neapolitan team at Diego Armando Maradona so that the Vecchia Signora reach an agonizing fourth place. The bianconeros They fulfilled their role and swept their game (1-4) without Cristiano Ronaldo, without minutes in the game in which their lives were at stake. Morata, with two goals, made sure that in the second half they were more aware of the telephones than of what was happening on the field.
Milan was the one who faced the bravest bull, Atalanta, at Gasperini’s home. Napoli, on the other hand, were measured at Hellas Verona at Diego Armando Maradona. A penalty on Theo Hernández converted by Kessie put the rossoneros back to the Champions eight years later. After a long journey through the desert, the second most successful club in the Champions League with 7 orejonas, returns to the top continental competition.
The pressure moved to Gatusso’s men in the Europa League with this combination of results. At game time, Napoli scored the goal that sank Juventus with a loose ball that Rrahmani caught in the heart of the area. But Verona did an invaluable favor to Pirlo’s men and, without risking anything, they got the tie as soon as they conceded the goal and withstood the epic of the Neapolitan team until the final whistle. Lazio will accompany Napoli in the Europa League and Roma will be in the Conference League after drawing a draw against Spezia with five minutes remaining. Mourinho, who will take over the team from the Italian capital next season, will live his first year as a coach without the Champions or Europa League.
Inter, brand new champion of Serie A this season for several weeks, celebrated the delivery of the title with their fans and feasted against Udinese (5-1) to close a round year for Conte’s men. Cristiano, despite not playing for a minute, took the trophy of Capocannoniere with 29 goals and becomes the first player in history to be the top scorer in England, Spain and Italy.
The fight to avoid the descent had already been resolved several days ago. Benevento and Crotone return to Serie B a year later, accompanied by Parma, the worst team in the category with just three wins and 20 points. They will be replaced by Empoli, Salernitana and the winner of the promotion play-off final between Venezia and Cittadella. The Salernitana, owned by Claudio Lotito, president of Lazio, had to re-found themselves in 2010 in Serie D and achieve a historic promotion for the modest club. The bad news for the manager is that he will have to sell the team for not being able to own two Serie A clubs.
Champion: Inter de Milan.
Champions: Milan, Atalanta and Juventus.
Europa League: Naples and Lazio.
Conference League: Rome.
Decline: Benevento, Crotone and Parma.
Promoted from Serie B: Empoli, Salernitana and Cittadella or Venezia.