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The Champions League Push: Round 27 Review

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Only 11 league matches left. Inter need their rivals to start dropping points.

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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.

Round 27

Inter Milan entered Round 27 of Serie A in sixth place, just one point ahead of city rivals, AC Milan, and six points adrift in the race for a Champions League spot. While the 5-1 domination of Cagliari was a much needed result, Inter didn’t quite get the help they needed elsewhere to move up the table, with the Napoli-Roma match ending in the worst possible way the Nerazzurri.

Up next is a crucial match against Atalanta, the most surprising team in Serie A. While Roma and Napoli have very winnable fixtures this weekend, Lazio have a difficult home match and Milan have the dreaded reality of facing Juventus away. This weekend is very important for Inter, and should end with the club recapturing fourth place if all goes according to plan.

Here’s a recap of the Round 27 results, and what’s on the horizon in Round 28 for Inter’s rivals.

AC Milan

Result: 3-1 win over Chievo Verona

Points behind Inter: 1

Up next in the league: Juventus away on Friday

Atalanta

Result: 0-0 draw against Fiorentina

Points ahead of Inter: 1

Up next in the league: Inter at the San Siro on Sunday (bring it!)

Lazio

Result: 0-2 win over Bologna

Points ahead of Inter: 2

Up next in the league: Torino at home on Monday

Side note – My goodness, Andrea Belotti. Eight-minute hat trick!

Napoli

Result: 1-2 win over Roma

Napoli winning this fixture was the worst possible outcome for Inter. A draw or Roma win would’ve be much more beneficial.

Points ahead of Inter: 6

Up next in the league: Crotone at home on Sunday

AS Roma

Result: 1-2 loss to Napoli

Points ahead of Inter: 8

Up next in the league: Palermo away on Sunday

Juventus

Result: 1-1 draw against Udinese

Points ahead of Inter: 16

Up next in the league: AC Milan at home on Friday

Table

Here’s how the table looks entering Round 28:

Inter’s Champions League dream isn’t dead yet, but they desperately need Roma and Napoli to drop points soon. Both sides have just three remaining matches against teams in the top seven; though they each have to play Juve again. Inter’s home match against Napoli at the end of April is looking ever-more like a must-win fixture.