Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Italy: Wednesday's Serie A League Preview + Tuesday Review

There are 17 places between them in Serie A but Juventus coach Antonio Conte has described Wednesday's visit of lowly Lecce as the most important match of the season. Juve, who were stripped of the 2005 and 2006 scudettos because of their involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, could claim their first title in nine years should they defeat Lecce and AC Milan lose to Atalanta at the San Siro. Equally intriguing is the battle for the third and final Champions League (qualifying) place for next season after Udinese's 2-0 defeat of Lazio on Sunday night left those two sides along with Napoli and Inter Milan all sharing 55 points. Inter, who host rivals Milan and travel to Lazio in their final two games, face a tricky trip on Wednesday to resurgent Parma, while Udinese visit relegated Cesena and Lazio entertain Siena. On Tuesday, Napoli kept in the Champions League driving seat with a crucial 2-0 victory over Palermo, while Roma drew 0-0 at Chievo in Verona.

The Juventus roster when they last won the title in 2002-2003...

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