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Is Serie A title race exciting for the wrong reasons?
It’s the most exciting Serie A title race in years with Inter Milan, AC Milan and AS Roma all in the running with just nine games remaining. Just like most other European leagues, it could all go to the last day.
Inter ran away with the league in the last three years and Italians moaned about about the lack of competition.
Now there is suddenly a proper fight for the scudetto but the new complaint is that the quality has dropped off and that’s why the top three are falling over each other not to win it.
Inter drew 1-1 with Palermo at the weekend, the sixth time they’ve failed to win in seven league outings, but Milan wasted the chance to go top for the first time this season with a 1-1 draw at home to Napoli. Roma were being held 2-2 by lowly Udinese before prevailing 4-2.
Milan fans say Ronaldinho, who turned 30 at the weekend, is on fire but to many eyes he is still well below the form he managed at Barcelona.
There’s no doubt Serie A has slipped well behind Spain’s La Liga and the Premier League in recent times but Inter’s win over Chelsea in the Champions League last week had led to suggestions the Italian game was not as far back as had been thought.
If Inter, whose nine-point lead from mid-February has been whittled down to one, fail to beat bottom side Livorno at home on Wednesday the Italian football purists will be shaking their heads again.
However, broadcasters and sponsors will be thrilled by the extra excitement it would generate among Milan and Roma fans (providing their sides win of course).
Roma v Inter also looms on Saturday…