After another action-packed week of Serie A football, it’s time to check out the five biggest talking points of round 37.
The penultimate round of the 2019/20 Serie A season is over, meaning we’ll have just one more left before teams head into the summer break.
While the campaign draws to a close, however, nobody has eased off the gas. If anything, they’ve pushed themselves even further at such a decisive stage, with clubs still battling it out for survival and European spots.
34 goals plundered in during the 10 fixtures in round 37, with Sassuolo recording the biggest victory by thrashing Genoa 5-0.
So now let’s check out the top 5 talking points from all the latest Serie A round.
Zlatan makes history
The ageless Swede once again proved that he’s one of a kind in becoming the first player to score 50 goals for AC Milan and Inter in the Serie A.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been nothing but brilliant since rejoining Milan in January. There were a few bumps on the road, but it’s been a roaring success overall. His character and convincing performances have been a great help.
And Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Sampdoria was arguably one of Zlatan’s best since returning, with the striker scoring twice and assisting Hakan Calhanoglu’s goal in a man of the match performance.
Hellas Verona’s barren run finally ends
It may have been too late to salvage their top-six hopes, but Ivan Juric’s side will still be glad to end a seven-match winless run all the same.
Verona were just four points adrift of sixth-place Napoli before lockdown ended in June. Since then, however, they’ve recorded just three wins in 12 games to end up 14 points behind AC Milan, who now occupy sixth.
But Wednesday’s 3-0 thrashing of bottom side SPAL would have at least given Juric and his men some respite.
Immobile on the verge of Golden Boot awards
The stats don’t lie, Ciro Immobile has been extraordinary for Lazio this season.
Simone Inzaghi has settled on a system that brings out the best of Immobile, resulting in a stunning 35 goals in just 36 games. That €9.45m fee the club paid to sign him in 2016 from Sevilla was a downright bargain.
Following another goal in Lazio’s 2-0 win against Brescia on Wednesday, Immobile is on the verge of winning a third Capocannoniere prize.
He’s also surpassed Robert Lewandowski to take the lead in the European Golden Shoe rankings to leave him on the brink of winning the award for the first time.
Lecce take the relegation battle into the final round
Juventus are champions, the top-four battle is long over, and AC Milan have nailed the last top-six spot. Brescia and SPAL, meanwhile, are relegated.
But Lecce, who sit in the last relegation spot in 18th, ensured the last round of fixtures this weekend won’t be for nothing.
The Yellow and Reds scored a vital 2-1 win away to Udinese to move within a point of 17th-place Genoa in the standings.
Considering Genoa just lost 5-0 to Sassuolo, they might be a little short on confidence for Sunday’s finale against Hellas Verona.
So an opportunity may present itself for Lecce in their own match against Parma on the same day. Although a victory is necessary, as Verona boast a superior goal difference to them.
Bad break for Gattuso & Napoli
Napoli were on cloud nine just last month upon defeating Juventus on penalties to win the Coppa Italia final. They proceeded to win four of their next five matches, restoring hope of a top-six finish.
But Gennaro Gattuso’s side hit a rough patch of form at the very worst moment to miss on a top-six finish.
A disappointing 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan on Tuesday was Napoli’s second in three games. However, they’ll be in next season’s Europa League courtesy of their Coppa Italia triumph – so no harm done.
Gattuso will now hope to lead his men to a morale-boosting win against Lazio on Saturday before facing Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, with the scoreline level at 1-1.