Serie A power rankings: Defending champions Inter Milan rush to the top of the table, while rivals AC Milan struggle

We enter the final two rounds of Serie A in 2021 with the situation at the top of the table changing after Napoli and AC Milan lost momentum at the end of the year. Inter Milan’s consistency paid off, as did Atalanta, while Empoli continued to rise and Genoa CFC tumbled despite the arrival of Andriy Shevchenko.

We test after 17 game rounds.

1 – Inter Milan (+2)

Victory over AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio saw Simone Inzaghi’s men finally reach the top after things were near insurmountable just weeks ago with Napoli and nasty rivals Milan having clearly. Sure, there’s an important element of luck – or bad luck – as those two opponents lose key players to injury, but few can argue with nine unbeaten, seven and five wins. consecutive matches.

2 – Atalanta BC (+2)

The team in another form of Serie A is currently the army of Gian Piero Gasperini, despite having relegated to the UEFA Europa League, they have not received defeat in 10 matches in the tournament. After beating Napoli and Hellas Verona, it had eight wins in that streak and six in a row for La Dea. In mid-January, Orobici met Inter in Bergamo and the question now is whether these two can keep up the form to make it a sixth-scorer.

3 – AC Milan (-1)

Stefano Pioli’s men stumbled a bit late with their usual win over Salernitana followed by a late draw with Udinese but that is to be expected of a team that has just left Europe and lost Simon Kjaer. affected by trauma. The Rossoneri are still one point behind Inter although they have only won two of the last six matches.

4 – Fiorentina (+2)

After beating Bologna and Salernitana, just one loss to mobile Empoli denied Vincenzo Italiano’s men five consecutive wins that are still possible before the end of 2021 with Sassuolo and Verona, two opponents. last for Viola and Dusan Vlahovic (15 goals). calendar year.

5 – Napoli (-4)

Like Milan, Luciano Spalletti’s side are struggling to make up for a lack of key players with striker Victor Osimhen still out while questions about Lorenzo Insigne’s future remain unanswered as the final year of his contract expires. His contract is over. The defeats against Atalanta and Empoli are of concern, as the Partenopei have won only 1 of their last 6 outings and now face Milan in need of a win to close the gap.

6 – AS Roma (-1)

Jose Mourinho’s students beat Spezia, as expected, after the loss to Inter and it left them only in the group for the European Cup, but now they are 8 points behind Napoli in 4th place, the team that occupies the place. The ultimate Champions League.

7 – Empoli (+4)

Victory over Udinese and Napoli has helped Aurelio Andreazzaoli’s men rise to the top of the table with 3 wins in the last 4 unbeaten matches while Spezia can bring in more points and Milan will not be afraid of the result of this match. Tuscans ahead of the big boys this season.

8 – Juventus (-1)

Defeating Genoa in its current state is a minimum requirement for Massimiliano Allegri’s men while a draw with Venezia is yet another setback for the Bianconeri, who continue to struggle with four wins and three. failed in their last nine matches.

9 – Sassuolo (+3)

A win over Lazio matches Neroverdi’s ups and downs with Alessio Dionisi’s men unbeaten in five games but with three of those being draws against lesser opponents and wins coming to Milan and Biancocelesti. – go figure.

10 – Lazio (-2)

Maurizio Sarri’s side continued to be unpredictable with a win over Sampdoria, followed by a loss to Sassuolo that left them without a consecutive Serie A win since August.

11 – Bologna (-2)

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s outfit is belatedly declining after successive defeats to Fiorentina and then Torino, meaning three defeats in their last five matches.

12 – Hellas Verona (-2)

After victory over Venezia and defeat against Atalanta, Igor Tudor’s men have only one win in their last four with two of those losses, but they remain three points behind Empoli as 2021 draws to a close .

13 – Sampdoria (+2)

Roberto D’Aversa’s side just needed to do enough to keep their boss in his job by following a loss to Lazio with a crucial victory over bitter rivals Genoa in a derby at a time when the president has go to jail. Three wins from their last five are encouraging, but six losses from their last 10 are equally worrisome.

14 – Turin (-1)

A draw against struggling Cagliari and a win over Bologna keep Ivan Juric’s side mid-range but a win out of their last four has been unimpressive.

15 – Udinese (-1)

Luca Gotti was replaced by Gabriele Cioffi and the immediate reaction after the Empoli loss was a draw with Milan. Weeks after the club’s 125th anniversary, five consecutive unsuccessful games caused Friulani to continue sliding towards the bottom of the table. Open that up, though, and the numbers become more worrisome: one win in 14 despite seven draws.

16 – Venice (-)

Things are starting to get tough for Paolo Zanetti with a draw against Juve after three consecutive and largely very heavy losses. Five losses and two draws in their last nine suggest that a change of coaching is possible at Pierluigi Penzo if there are no points against Sampdoria and/or Lazio.

17 – Cagliari (+2)

Although they remain in relegation after a reasonable defeat to Inter, the Sardinian side are now harder to beat under Walter Mazzarri and that has been shown by a streak of four consecutive draws. If Cagliari can get three points against Udinese, they can also enter 2022 outside of the relegation zone.

18 – Spezia (-1)

Thiago Motta’s men suffered an expected defeat to Roma following a draw with Sassuolo and while those two results were not disastrous, four losses and a draw in their last five games. surname. Empoli and Napoli also do not have a favorable schedule before the end of 2021, so the former Italy international is likely to be on loan.

19 – Genoa (-1)

The arrival of Andriy Shevchenko could not turn the situation of this team. The team could not win and could barely score so the losses against both Juve and Sampdoria hardly came as a surprise. Grifone hadn’t won since September and went four games without a goal until they attempted to console them in their most recent outing. Not nearly good enough.

20 – Salernitana (-)

Six defeats out of the last seven with just one goal scored, defeats to both Milan and Fiorentina is justified. However, a surprise win somewhere – perhaps against Udinese – could send them to the bottom before 2022.

Serie A table

first Inter Milan 17 twelfth 4 first 43 15 +28 40
2 AC Milan 17 twelfth 3 2 36 19 +17 39
3 Atalanta 17 11 4 2 37 20 +17 37
4 Napoli 17 11 3 3 34 13 +21 36
5 Fiorentina 17 ten 0 7 thirty first 22 +9 30
6 Rome 17 9 first 7 26 19 +7 28
7 Juventus 17 8 4 5 23 17 +6 28
8 Empoli 17 8 2 7 27 29 -2 26
9 Lazio 17 7 4 6 33 32 +1 25
ten Bologna 17 7 3 7 24 29 -5 24
11 Verona 17 6 5 6 33 30 +3 23
twelfth Sassuolo 17 6 5 6 28 26 +2 23
13 Turin 17 6 4 7 22 18 +4 22
14 Sampdoria 17 5 3 9 25 33 -8 18
15 Udinese 17 3 8 6 22 28 -6 17
16 Venice 17 4 4 9 16 30 -14 16
17 Spezia 17 3 3 11 17 38 -21 twelfth
18 Genoa 17 first 7 9 18 34 -16 ten
19 Cagliari 17 first 7 9 17 34 -17 ten
20 Salernitana 17 2 2 13 11 37 -26 8 Serie A power rankings: Defending champions Inter Milan rush to the top of the table, while rivals AC Milan struggle

Dustin Huang

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