With just one point between second-placed Napoli and League leaders Juventus, the Maurizio Sari-led Napoli team will be seeking to end the Old Lady’s 6-year dominance of the Italian Serie A this weekend when they face Fiorentina away, while the Turin giants will face Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Napoli have never gotten this close to the Serie-A title in the last five years, with Juventus’ total domination in the Italian League. This season perhaps might be the best chance for any club to wrestle the League title from Juventus.
Juventus travel away to a rejuvenated Inter-Milan side who are aiming to return to Champions League football since their last appearance in 2011. Inter-Milan (with 66 points) are fifth on the Serie A log and could climb above Roma and Lazio (Both tied on 67 points) to the third position if they defeat Juventus at the San Siro on Saturday night.
A win for the Maurizio Sari’s men against Fiorentina on Sunday could see the 59-year manager who is already linked with a move away from Napoli win the League title and end Juventus dominant era in Italy.
Juventus ended their UEFA Champions League title campaign in a controversial manner when they were ousted by Real Madrid in the quarter-final in April. Thus ending their plan to give captain Gianluigi Buffon a befitting retirement with a treble.
With Massimiliano Allegri-led side facing AC Milan in the Copa Italia final in May and a possibility that Juventus might lose the league title, Buffon’s hope to retire with a stellar season might just end up as a mirage if he loses the Serie A title to Napoli and Coppa Italia to AC Milan.