Roma dominated much of the first-half, but struggled to create any real chances against the impervious Juventus back line, who have conceded just 23 goals in the league this season.
Simone Inzaghi admits Lazio were fortunate to take a point from Atalanta and “we were under pressure for the first time this season.”
The 1-1 result means Inter are now within two points of Inzaghi’s side and the two clubs meet in Rome on the final day of the season.
“This result doesn’t change a great deal in terms of the Champions League race,” Inzaghi told Mediaset Premium
Up in Milan, Luciano Spalletti says Inter are “playing better than at the start of the season” after the 4-0 win over Udinese on Sunday.
Napoli are six points behind Juventus with two matches remaining. The two sides have the same head-to-head record – which is the next deciding factor – but Juventus has a significantly better goal difference.
Juventus can mathematically secure the title at Roma next weekend.
After Juventus beat Bologna on Saturday, Napoli knew they needed a victory to keep the title race alive but Maurizio Sarri’s side asted a couple of opportunities before taking the lead in the 25th minute.
The Giallorossi won’t be going to Kiev to face Real Madrid for the trophy, but they did top their group ahead of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, knocked out Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona.
They even inflicted the first defeat of the season on Liverpool, as the second leg ended 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.
According to Calcio e Finanza, Roma will end up with circa €81m from UEFA between bonuses and market pool share.
“Lazio and Roma had more consistency throughout the campaign and they deserve a lot of credit for that,” the former President told FCInterNews.it.
“Even though those two teams both had to deal with European competition as well, but perhaps that helped more than hindered them.
Roma President James Pallotta faces a UEFA charge for ‘improper conduct’ after branding a lack of VAR in Europe ‘an absolute joke’.
The Associated Press reports UEFA’s disciplinary panel will judge Pallotta’s case on May 31, five days after the Champions League Final.
Roma lost 7-6 to Liverpool on aggregate in their semi-final, but the American did not hold back after the second leg, his team having been denied two clear penalties.
“It’s absolutely clear that VAR is needed in the Champions League, because you can’t let stuff like this go,” Pallotta told reporters in the mixed zone after the match.
The Serie A side lost their semi-final 7-6 on aggregate to Liverpool but there were a number of incidents Pallotta was unhappy with in the game, including a handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold which was not given.
‘It is very clear VAR is needed in the Champions League because you just can’t let stuff like this happen,’ he said.
Napoli could not keep step with their Scudetto rivals from Turin as Maurizio Sarri’s men left the pitch in tears after the final whistle.
The hero from last week Kalidou Koulibaly turned into the villain here after the defender was given his marching orders for a foul on Simeone with just eight minutes on the clock.
Italian police have fuelled tensions ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Rome this week with a bizarre claim that 1,000 ‘Ultras’ from Merseyside will be in the capital for the Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma on Wednesday.
Andrea Cecchini, president of a state police operation whose match-day strategies are some of the most outdated in Europe, also criticised Liverpool’s decision to train at the Formello training base of AS Roma’s arch rivals, Lazio.
He said: ‘There’s the genius idea of getting the Reds to train at Formello, only fuelling for days the reports of a possible union of Liverpool and Lazio ultras.’
There was no Mo-shaped threat to devastate the Italians on this occasion but nothing should obscure the inconvenient truth. Roma looked dynamic, dangerous and demonstrated to Liverpool they mean business, in the game which sends them into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
With Kevin Strootman and Diego Perotti both missing through injury for manager Eusebio Di Francesco – who has been the source of stinging criticism here since his tactical disaster at Anfield – Stephan el Shaarawy is the left-sided attacking outlet who may be asked to carry the baton on Wednesday.