After another brilliant week of action of Serie A football, it’s time to check out the four biggest talking points of round 35.
The Serie A never fails to disappoint and this week was no exception, with plenty of shocks twists leaving us craving for more in the next round starting on Friday night between AC Milan and Atalanta.
Meanwhile, 29 goals plundered in during the 10 fixtures from round 35 to give us an average of 2.9 goals-per-match.
AS Roma, on the other hand, recorded the biggest victory of the round in thrashing the relegated SPAL 6-1. While there were also 5 home victories, 3 away wins and just two draws.
So now we got that out of the way, let’s check out the top 4 talking points from all the mid-week Serie A action.
Ibra rolls back the years
Zlatan proved again why AC Milan must go all-out to retain him next season by delivering a match-winning display in Tuesday’s 2-1 win away to Sassuolo.
It was a few games back where he was on the receiving end of criticism for his performances. Sounds a little harsh, doesn’t it? After all, how can a 38-year-old be perfect in a game every three days or so?
But in typical Ibra-fashion, the big Swede crushed his doubters by heading in Milan’s opener in Reggio Emilia. After Francesco Caputo equalised for Sassuolo with a penalty, Zlatan rounded hosts keeper Andrea Consigli to score a second goal just before half-time.
Mehdi Bourabia’s second yellow card in first-half stoppage time ensured there was turning back for Sassuolo.
Is Atalanta a title threat for next season?
Gian Piero Gasperini is a bit of a miracle man, isn’t he?
The 62-year-old took charge of Atalanta in 2016 on the back of a lowly 13th-place finish in 2015/16. But four years later, they’ve secured three top-four finishes in the last four Serie A seasons.
Most intriguing of all, however, is how Atalanta have climbed up to a resounding second this season following a 1-0 win over Bologna. Leaders Juventus, meanwhile, are just six points ahead.
Winning the title with just three games left is unrealistic, but perhaps Atalanta could pose a serious threat to Juve next season? Out of nowhere, they’re ahead of the Bianconeri’s biggest rivals and unbeaten in 15 games.
Tonight’s Serie A match against an in-form AC Milan at the San Siro could give us a better idea of Atalanta’s credentials.
Does ‘Sarriball’ have a future at Juventus?
Maurizio Sarri will be in hot waters yet again following another unwelcome setback for Juventus.
Doubts over the Italian’s future will likely persist throughout the entire summer, even once Juventus have become Serie A champions. The squad has struggled all season under him.
To be fair, ‘Sarriball’ looked great at Napoli and certainly impressed many top coaches, including Pep Guardiola.
But the Bianconeri are just not suited for Sarri, and you just have to wonder how much longer can this continue? Defeats to Udinese won’t help his case either.
The title celebrations seemed on course after Matthijs de Ligt’s long-range screamer put them in front on Thursday night. However, Udinese had the last laugh.
Ilija Nestorovski’s diving header levelled proceedings in Udine before Seko Fofana stunned Juve with an injury-time winner.
Although Juventus’ capture of Arthur Melo suggests Sarri will continue. It seems they’re willing to spend big on players to suit his style as well.
Too little, too late for Lazio
Hopes of a first Serie A title in two decades are well and truly over for Lazio.
Simone Inzaghi’s side had been right on Juventus’ tail for the bulk of this season, with just a point separating the two teams last month. A run of four defeats and one draw in five games was their undoing, though.
Lazio may have ended their five-match winless run by beating Cagliari 2-1 on Thursday night, but they’re still fourth and eight points behind Juventus.