Milan, Napoli and Inter: Scudetto race? It’s a safety car pace | First page

“Scudetto race ignites”.
We also had to read such comments after Milan’s home draw against Bologna on Monday evening. The Rossoneri team could have placed an important extension and instead, as has often happened during this season, they missed the opportunity. He maintains the top of the table (67 points) with only one point ahead of Napoli and four points over Inter, who, however, still have a game to recover against Bologna himself. This is the same Inter who, before winning a match full of “ifs” and “buts” on the Juventus pitch, had only collected 7 points out of the 21 at stake in the previous 7 games. And it is the same Naples that between November and December had sown points here and there losing three times at home against Empoli, Spezia and Atalanta. In other times, both Inter and Napoli would have seen the gap from the top of the table expand to an irrecoverable extent due to having encountered such periods of blackouts. And yet they are always there, one 1 point from the top of the table and the other potentially in the same position. And since Juventus has been mentioned, the speech that concerns them becomes emblematic. How painful it was until the end of November for the team led by Allegri’s progress in the championship is a thing known to all, especially the Juventus fans. Yet a team with such a poor performance throughout the first quarter of the championship could now have been in third place if they had beaten Inter on Sunday. The bianconeri would have had 62 points in the standings, only 5 less than the leaders Milan. A fully bridgeable distance, given the pace at which we are traveling in this tournament.

Just to get an idea of ​​the slow pacea year ago the leaders Inter Milan on matchday thirty-one had put together 75 points, as were the points of leaders Juventus on the thirty-first matchday of the 2019-20 championship, and even 84 points those of the same Juventus team in the thirty-first of the 2018 season- 19, while those that Juventus still scored on the thirty-first day of the 2017-18 tournament were “only” 81 points (with Napoli second at 77 points). We could go further back and the discussion would not change: the figures would always and in any case be higher (sometimes significantly higher) than those scored in the current championship.. So, what sprint are we talking about? Above all, what on earth would be on fire?

The truth is quite another. We are witnessing a tournament that proceeds at a safety car pace (if someone tries to stretch they are immediately brought back to the group). Populated by teams that, after having lost their international competitiveness without appeal, find it difficult to make their mark even in the domestic context. It is no coincidence that our league is widely snubbed abroad. Few talk about it, even fewer see it. Try taking a tour of foreign sites and newspapers. You will find adequate space for Serie A only in the Albanian media, the last island of influence for our dying football soft power. And the situation will get worse after the second consecutive elimination of the Italian national team from the final phase of the World Cup.

We have lost competitiveness, we have lost prestige, we are wrecking the last resources we had left. And yet we pretend to be excited to “ignite the sprint championship”. Which is actually a candle flame continuously at risk of running out. Instead, we should change our attitude. To be much more severe in judging a national tournament that is now clearly second-tier in Europe, rather than treating it as a comfort zone in which we delude ourselves that we still have a great deal to spend. Because if we didn’t notice, we are continuing to hurt ourselves. With the risk of aggravating the disease. Instead, let’s try to be strict, to expect more from everyone, not to exalt all those de noantri phenomena that outside our borders become less than normal players. And above all, we try to urge the recovery of the Italian school. Nobody can force our football clubs to focus on home-built youth. But more prompt pressure of opinion would be a good thing. All the more so if in these days we hear the ‘courage’ of Napoli and Luciano Spalletti praised for having launched the young Alessandro Zanoli in the first team. Because if you then look at Zanoli’s personal data, it turns out that he is a class of 2000 and will turn 22 in October. Young yes, but elsewhere at 22 they are already veterans. We learn to place things in their right dimension. Otherwise we will never come out of the pit again and we will continue to exalt ourselves for the slow motion rhythms of a rickety championship.


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