Third in Ligue 1, OM are still more condemned to play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League next summer. After Juventus withdrew 10 points, Roma missed the chance to get back into the race for the top 4 in Serie A.
Decidedly, the Italian clubs do not give any gift to theOM. Last Thursday, the elimination of Juventus in the semi-finals of the Europa League was very bad for Ligue 1, since a European coronation of the Bianconeri could have prevented the 3rd in the championship from going through the 3rd qualifying round ( then possible dams) of the Champions League.
Monday evening, it is the result of AS Roma which has something to annoy the Marseille supporters, already stunned by the defeat in Lille last Saturday (2-1). José Mourinho’s men, who qualified for the Europa League final, missed a huge opportunity to get closer to the Italian top 4 before the last two days. A victory in the Europa League and qualification for Roma in C1 would allow OM to qualify directly for the LDC.
Roma and Juve miss each other
Juventus indeed took 10 suspension points and Roma suddenly went to 6th in the standings. Except that the Giallorossi took only one point against Salernitana (2-2), Nemanja Matic equalizing in the 83rd minute after a second goal from Boulaye Dia. The Romans could have taken 5th place by returning to 2 points from Milan, the 4th!
In the process, Juventus, visibly cursed on Monday, lost to Empoli (4-1). Federico Chiesa revived his team in the 85th in vain. The Old Lady is now 7th, with 5 points less than AC Milan, which is however its next opponent, Sunday in Piedmont. Inter (3rd) and Atalanta (5th) clashing on Saturday, the race for Europe is incredibly indecisive in Serie A.