Sport Inter Milan Wins Serie A Title, Breaking Juventus's Nine-Year Run
Inter Milan Deservedly Ends Juventus's Serie A Reign
Much can be made about how Juventus's domestic failure this season was self-inflicted, but Inter deserves all the credit for snapping Juve's nine-year run atop Serie A.At last, the reign of Juventus is over. After nine successive Serie A titles, the end of its hegemony was confirmed on Sunday as Atalanta’s failure to beat Sassuolo handed Inter Milan its first scudetto since 2010. It was, perhaps, primarily a success of vindication. Coach Antonio Conte proved his point; Romelu Lukaku proved himself one of the best strikers in Europe; and a host of other Premier League castoffs played vital roles.
A draw between Atalanta and Sassuolo on Sunday clinched the Serie A title for Inter Milan, its first since its treble-winning 2009/10 season.
Inter Milan has ended Juventus's streak of nine consecutive Serie A trophies with its first title in more than a decade.
Inter's 2–0 win against Crotone on Saturday mathematically eliminated Juventus's chances at the title this season, while Atalanta's draw with Sassuolo on Sunday clinched the title for Inter with four games remaining.
It's the club's first Serie A trophy since 2010, which was its fifth straight at the time. That year, José Mourinho led the Nerazzurri to a historic treble, also winning the Coppa Italia and Champions League.
Inter on brink of Serie A title with 'nine point' win, Atalanta move second
Matteo Darmian scored the only goal to push Inter Milan to the brink of the Serie A title with a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday with coach Antonio Conte hailing the victory as worth "nine points". Achraf Hakimi set up Darmian to grab the winner on 76 minutes at the San Siro. Inter are 11 points ahead of Atalanta, who moved second with a 5-0 rout of 10-man Bologna, with five games remaining. AC Milan are a further two points behind in third before they travel to fellow top-four hopefuls Lazio on Monday."Today's victory is not worth only three points, not even six. It is worth nine," said Conte."We're 95% of the way towards the Scudetto.
After spending the first half of the season trailing rival AC Milan, Inter hasn't looked back since mid-February. The side embarked on a 19-match unbeaten streak that has yet to end—itsin the Coppa Italia semifinals on Feb. 2. No club in Europe's top-five leagues has lost fewer league games than Inter's two this season.
After missing out on the Serie A title by just one point last year, Inter secured this season's title with 82 points, the same number of points it finished with last season. In his second year at the helm, Antonio Conte did what he was brought in to do: return Inter to prominence with its 19th Italian title.
The club brought in key players last summer in Barcelona's Arturo Vidal and Real Madrid's Achraf Hakimi to bolster a squad already led by the dynamic duo of Lautaro Martínez and Romelu Lukaku, who leads Serie A with 21 goals this season.
Conte keen to avoid 'nasty surprises' at Crotone as Inter eye title
Antonio Conte has warned Inter Milan to avoid creating any "nasty surprises" as his side look to wrap up the Serie A title this weekend at Crotone. Saturday's match in Italy's deep south pits the Serie A leaders, close to their first league crown since 2010, against the bottom team who will be relegated if they lose. "I warned the team, we will need hunger and competitive malice to avoid nasty surprises," Conte told a pre-match press conference on Friday. If Inter win and second-placed Atalanta fail to claim all three points at Sassuolo on Sunday, Inter will claim their 19th Serie A title with four games to go.
Apart from its involvement in the proposed, the only disappointment on the field came in the club's . But a return to the Serie A throne represents a solid launching pad for next season as well as national bragging rights.
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