The competition for the top of the table became the focus of this round of 19 when Inter took Atalanta and AS Roma to Juventus.
Meanwhile, AC Milan continues to rely on Ibrahimovic, Lazio has the opportunity to benefit if they win Napoli.
Rome’s triumphant faith
Roma will take on Juve at Olimpico on January 13 with the belief of winning as they won 2-0 last season and of course the pride of the Italian capital team.
In the last round, unfortunately they lost to Torino 0-2 despite making 31 shots on the opponent’s goal. Considering that Paulo Fonseca’s team won 3 of the last 5 matches, the last loss did not seriously affect the confidence of the whole team.
Chris Smalling and Gianluca Mancini will be the first choice for the defense. Meeting a strong opponent like Juve of Crisriano Ronaldo, defending does not necessarily mean losing points.
Juve knows, if this time lost to Roma, it will be the first time since 1995 they lost the second consecutive match against this opponent in Serie A.
Ronaldo and his teammates quenched doubts about two defeats to Lazio in Serie A and the Italian Super Cup with a 4-0 victory over Cagliari in the first round of 2020 last week. Of course, Ronaldo hopes to continue to shine after his first hat-trick in Serie A. Besides him, Juve has other top strikers like Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.
Atalanta’s second home court
Inter won Napoli 3-1 last week to continue competing for the top position with Juve. But this time, their opponent was an Atalanta that was not easily defeated. Even the Italian press said that this is the biggest challenge of Inter this season.
Inter won Napoli but they had to pay with yellow cards so two important players, Milan Skriniar and Nicolo Barella, will be suspended in this round.
Atalanta currently has the strongest squad and the most aggressive competition. Last week’s Parma 5-0 win was the second match in a row after they humiliated AC Milan in the 17th round before the winter break.
Atalanta won 3rd place last season, even reaching the round of 16 Champions League teams this season. Worth mentioning, they consider the Giuseppe Meazza yard as the second home, because this will be the place they host Spain’s Valencia in the Champions League knockout round in February. When the Champions League returns, it is clear that Atlanta’s schedule will be denser and there is a risk of loss of force. Therefore, they will enlist the smooth January schedule to take the position of the top 4 teams.