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Champions League Race Gets Warmer As Juve Opens Chance

[champions] Chelsea x Juventus : 21With only Inter Milan being the only team, mathematically still have a chance to stop Ac Milan from claiming their 18th Scudetto, the race for the final Champions League spot looks to be a much more potentially intriguing one in the upcoming last few matches in the league.

Juventus’ latest victory over Lazio on Monday simply makes the competition for fourth place gets very interesting as the Bianconeri are only four points away from the fourth place position occupied by the Biancocelesti.

Despite still sitting at seventh place at the moment, mathematically Juventus are definitely still have a chance to catch up with the likes of Lazio, Udinese and As Roma, especially since next week all of those three teams will have difficult matches. The Biancocelesti and Friuilani will be facing each other for another direct battle, while Roma are set to meet the current league leader, Ac Milan, who are hunting for at least a point that will secure their title once and for all.

Meanwhile, Juventus themselves will only have to battle against twelve place, Chievo Verona, who practically doesn’t have much more motivation considering they’re practically save from the relegation zone and can’t challenge for an European place. This is way Monday’s victory is very crucial for the Bianconeri, who previously nearly missed out on fourth place competition after only picking up a draw against Catania at Olympico, a week before.

The Bianconeri fans should really be thanking Simone Pepe as he is the player that scored the crucial goal against Lazio and simply restore Juve’s hope in getting into Champions League football once again. The ex-Udinese winger beat Fernando Muslera with a sweet angled drive after picking up a flicked from Luca Toni’s header in the last three minutes of the game, which simply didn’t gave much time for the Biancocelesti to get back into the game, especially after the home team lose Cristian Ledesma, who was send off few minutes before the goal.

Next weekend will surely be an important week for all of the teams competing for the Champions League spot, especially for Juventus as they could see themselves gets more closer with all of the teams that are currently above them. However, if the Bianconeri are looking for a chance to shockingly secure the fourth place, they must stop their inconsistency that have been the main issue for their rather disappointing season this time of year.

 

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