Our league will restart again on June 22nd, at 9:45 pm at Renato Dall'Ara in Bologna, but Serie A starts again tomorrow: 103 days after Sassuolo-Brescia. Torino-Parma will first kick-off before being followed by Verona-Cagliari. With all the uncertainties related to the physical and mental condition of the teams, which could upset the balance that seemed to have solidified in March, where do we start from, ranking in hand?
SCUDETTO AND EUROPE
The fight for the title promises to be fought to the end, with the ranking reading: Juventus 63, Lazio 62 and Inter 54, but with a match to recover. Atalanta, who currently sit in the final Champions League spot, also has one less match on the scoresheet (48 points). Roma will chase the Bergamaschi players (45 points but with one more game than the Nerazzurri) and Napoli, who are revitalized by Gattuso, will be aiming to fill in an important gap: nine points at the moment, which could become 12 if Atalanta wins their catch up match against Sassuolo.
The fight for a Champions League spot is mixed with that for the Europa League, with Milan, seventh and on 36 points at the time the season came to a halt. They will, however, have to pay attention to Verona and Parma, both on 35 points but still with a match to catch up - meaning they could hypothetically leapfrog the Rossoneri. One point from Parma are our next opponents, Bologna, which by virtue of its 34 points can still try to contend with the other teams.
FIGHT FOR SALVATION
Brescia and SPAL, last with 16 points and 18 points respectively, will seek the company to rekindle the hopes of staying in Serie A, while above them is a tussle, with few certainties. At the moment it would be Lecce to retreat, who has collected 25 points so far, the same as Genoa, but there is still a long way to go and at every turn one can move up and down the log.
For example, Sampdoria and Torino have to watch their backs, with a match to recover and with a margin at the time of one point and two points above Lecce respectively... Meanwhile, Udinese is only +3 from third last place. With 5 points in the last three games before the stop, Fiorentina breathed a sigh of relief, but they know they will have to keep a good pace to avoid being sucked further down the log.