Napoli is now just waiting for the date to welcome the Scudetto, so surely, the first ticket to the Champions League 2023/24 belongs to the Southern Italian club. That is undisputed. The task of the teams behind Napoli is 3 places to participate in the Champions League group stage next season. The opportunity now remains temporarily with clubs from Lazio, Juventus, Milan, Roma, Inter and even Atalanta.
Compared to the clubs above, the 7th place team is Atalanta, if they keep this position, they will not have a place in the European Cup next season. Therefore, Atalanta must try to overcome Inter to get tickets to the Europa Conference League play-off round or Roma to participate in the Europa League group stage… in the Champions League.
With a distance of 4 points from Milan, everything does not seem difficult for Atalanta, especially when looking at their remaining schedule, only facing Juventus and Inter. As for rivals like Torino, Spezia, Verona…just need to play with true strength, 3 points is not difficult for Atalanta. They will thanks to that change their position on the Serie A table.
Lazio is of course the most dominant team because they are second with 61 points and are not busy attending the European Cup like Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma. What this club is lacking is stability. After having a 3-match streak without winning, they won 4 consecutive matches before losing 0-1 to Torino inexplicably. Next week, Lazio is in danger of losing second place in the table if they lose to Inter and Juventus (59 points) wins the match. They need to adjust their mentality and competitive spirit for the rest of the season.
The fact that Juventus successfully appealed and regained 15 points does not seem to help their morale much. Juventus is currently ranked 3rd and the latest is a 0-1 loss to Napoli. A loss exposed all the weaknesses of Juventus this period. They will certainly have to invest and change blood in the summer of 2023. But Juventus can only become an attractive destination if they have a place in the Champions League. One more way for Juventus towards the Champions League 2023/24 is to win the Europa League this season.
This is the same path that Roma – who have just been pushed down to 5th after a 1-3 loss to Atalanta – can hope. In the 2022 Europa League semi-final, Roma’s opponent is Leverkusen and with a powerful Mourinho on the coaching bench, the possibility of Roma reaching the final and winning the championship is entirely possible. In Serie A, Roma is behind Milan, but the gap between them is only the difference, the rest is equal to the score (56 points).
In addition to Roma and Juventus (Europa League), two Milan clubs, Inter and AC Milan, also have such options. That is besides finishing Top 4 in Serie A, it is winning the Champions League. But after the semi-finals, only Inter or Milan are allowed to think so because they will face each other in the fourth round of the strongest clubs. The remaining journey of Milan will be in turn meeting Roma, Lazio, Juventus plus 2 matches with Inter.
Compared to the Inter teams, it is definitely a “headache” because in addition to 2 matches with Milan in the Champions League, they will also meet Lazio, Roma, Napoli and Atalanta themselves. With this unfavorable schedule, the opportunity for Simone Inzaghi’s teachers and students to finish in the Top 4 is extremely difficult. With mixed performance in Serie A and Champions League, the belief that Inter will be in the Top 4 when the season closes is not much.
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