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Napoli defeat all but end AC Milan’s Serie A title hopes




Just a few weeks ago, AC Milan were sitting at the top of 2020-21 Serie A tables and looked at the course for winning the first title in ten years. However, things have unfolded quickly in recent weeks.

In early January, the Rossoneri were in a string of 27 games unbeaten, stretching back to the previous season. However, the following weeks did not turn out so well.

Stefano PioliThe team has won just two of its last six games in Serie A, and rival Inter Milan have taken advantage to increase their lead at the top of the table.

AC MilanDue to inconsistencies, the club was able to endure another season without a trophy, with a decisive clash against Manchester United waiting in the Europa League.

AC Milan lost the Serie A title defeat after losing to Napoli

On Sunday, AC Milan’s misery was complicated after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Napoli. The defeat was significant because Inter Milan and Juventus won their matches.

Inter beat Torino 2-1, while Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1. As things stand, Milan is nine points behind Inter, which sits comfortably at the top of the table.

The Rossoneri could fall to third if Juventus win their game. It’s not time to drop points, but unfortunately AC Milan can’t agree together.

They may still qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season, but it will be disappointing if they slip further in the title race. AC Milan have already lost ground, but they can no longer afford a drop in points later in the season.

Injuries that knocked out the AC Milan title

Although AC Milan’s struggles in recent weeks have been disappointing, Stefano Pioli has been left helpless due to a large number of injuries on his plate.

Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mario Mandžukić, Ante Rebić and Hakan Calhanoglu were all on the treatment table, and the AC Milan manager was left with a very thin team to choose from.

“When you miss so many players, it makes a difference, especially when it’s the players who also bring experience and leadership,” Pioli said after the defeat by Napoli, quoted by Beinsports.

“We had to play a lot of games without a real center forward, so given all that, the team deserves praise for everything it could have done in the circumstances. Try to imagine Inter without [Romelu] Lukaku, Lautaro (Martinez) or (Alexis) Sanchez; maybe Juventus without (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Alvaro) You have to or (Federica) Chiesa “, said Pioli.

In fact, AC Milan’s injuries played a big role in the club’s volatile ambitions. It remains to be seen how they cope with their exhausted team until the end of the season.

Posted March 16, 2021, 12:31 AM IST