Italian fans lived through a dramatic Match Day which concluded with Juventus winning the league title after bitter rivals Inter clinched a precious derby win over Milan.
At one point, both Juve and the Rossoneri were ahead meaning the title would not be decided until the final week of fixtures. However, everything changed after Inter’s Diego Milito completed his hat-trick with two penalties before Brazilian full-back Maicon ensured a memorable win for the Nerazzurri with a stunning strike from outside the penalty area. Get your free football bets at FREEbets.
Milan’s campaign has been affected by injuries along with a congested schedule which took its toll on an already weary and depleted squad. The Rossoneri have also been over dependent on star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker was again among the scorers as he registered both of Milan’s goals to take his tally to an impressive 28 goals in just 31 league matches. Unfortunately for the Rossoneri supporters, Ibrahimovic’s double was not enough and his team fell short.
As for Juve, this could usher a new era led by none other than former Bianconeri captain Antonio Conte who has done a phenomenal job in his first season as the coach in Turin. Conte might not be as savvy or experienced as some of the other Serie A coaches, but he made up for it with his work ethic, enthusiasm and his ability to instill a winning mentality in the Old Lady’s squad.
Conte made sure all the younger players and the summer signings new the value of wearing the Bianconeri shirt. The former club captain also showed faith in a number of players despite some rough stretches they went through.
For instance, Leonardo Bonucci made some costly mistakes in a number of matches yet Conte has continued to start him and Bonucci’s form improved with time. A more significant case is that of forward Mirko Vucinic who went through a tough series of matches when he was below par and did not score leading to some disgruntled fans questioning his role. However, Conte kept the faith in Vucinic and the Montenegro striker repaid the coach with some commanding performances, crucial goals and important assists.
A long season has ended with the Old Lady re-establishing herself as a force in Italian football while Milan and Inter must regroup and rebuild for the future. If Napoli can keep their star trio of Edison Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi while adding a few quality players then the Partenopei can be a threat next season.