Serie A race back on
WITH this weekend’s proposed strike called off, all eyes will be back on the title race in Italy with Juventus hosting Lazio in the most mouth-watering clash tomorrow.
Lazio lie second in Serie A, just three points behind leaders AC Milan, who travel to Bologna, while Juve are third, another three points further back.
For both sides a victory is absolutely crucial to ensure they hang onto Milan’s coattails and don’t lose any more ground in the Scudetto race.
The Romans have undoubtedly been the surprise package of this season but having hung in there through 15 games and having beaten champions Inter Milan 3-1 at home in their last match, Lazio can now genuinely consider themselves title challengers.
At least that’s what midfielder Stefano Mauri believes.
“We have the quality to stay at the top, we’ve shown that, but we cannot think that we’ve arrived,” he said. “We can’t afford to think that we’re at the top, we have to keep working to improve because when a team believes they’ve reached the top, that’s when they start to slide.”
However, the victory over Inter, added to a previous defeat of fourth-placed Napoli and a draw with Milan, has given Lazio the confidence that they are where they belong.
“The victory over Inter gave us a lot, especially the knowledge that we’re a very good team,” added Mauri. “We had already shown that but this was our best match.
Mauri believes the trip to Juve tomorrow will give them another opportunity to test themselves against the best.
While those two battle it out, most of Serie A will be hoping Bologna can put a dent in Milan’s ambitions and fire the title race wide open again. Milan are the form team in the league having won nine of their last 11 games and have started to put pressure on the rest.
Rivals such as Juventus, Inter and Roma are already six, 10 and 10 points behind respectively. – Sapa-AFP