With Inter looking to push for a top-three Serie A finish—and an all-important Champions League spot—in the second half of the season, let’s check-in on how the Nerazzurri’s rivals fared this weekend.
Author’s note: Apologies for this being a much more condensed version of the weekly recap. I’ve been traveling for work, but wanted to update the community on the table in a timely manner.
Inter’s Champions League push took a bit of a hit this weekend after the frustrating, albeit expected, loss to Juventus. Elsewhere, Roma and Napoli asserted their dominance and extended the gap between the Nerazzurri and third place.
At this point, it seems like it would take a major winning-streak, and a little help from the rest of the league, for Inter to qualify for Europe’s preeminent competition, but you never know. The team did win seven straight league matched before the loss to Juve, so now’s not the time to give up all hope.
Points behind Inter: 2
Next up in the league: Lazio away on Monday
Result: Sunday February 5th: 2-0 win over Cagliari
Level with Inter on points
Next up in the league: Palermo away on Sunday
Result: Sunday, February 5th: 2-6 win over Pescara
Points ahead of Inter: 1
Next up in the league: Milan at home on Monday
Result: Saturday, February 4th: 1-7 (not a typo) win over Bologna
Points ahead of Inter: 6
Next up in the league: Genoa at home on Friday
Result: Tuesday February 7th: 4-0 win over Fiorentina
Points ahead of Inter: 8
Next up in the league: Crotone away on Sunday
Results: Sunday, February 5th: 1-0 win over Inter (sigh). Wednesday, February 8th: 0-2 win over Crotone
Points ahead of Inter: 15 (Juve is now also 7 points clear of second place Roma)
Next up in the league: Cagliari away on Sunday
Here’s how the table looks entering Round 24:
Let’s hope for an Inter win over Empoli on Sunday, and a few surprising results elsewhere.