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Inter's match with Sassuolo reportedly postponed

COVID-19 gives Juventus, Milan possible lifeline in Scudetto battle?

March 18, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
The reigning Scudetto champions, as well as Milan, just may have been given a sort of break ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures.

This season's Scudetto race has been one of the most interesting ones calcio fans have seen in a while. For starters, Juventus, who are hoping to make it a tenth straight title, have been playing catch-up for much of the current campaign as both Inter and AC Milan have been enjoying one of their strongest performances in quite some time.

As things stand, Inter presently sit on top of the table, with a very comfortable gap between the Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri. In fact, Antonio Conte's men have a ten point lead over Juventus, while their cross-town rivals Milan sit nine points back.

Inter's momentum has been helped by Milan stumbling recently, while Juventus have yet to fully find their footing under current boss Andrea Pirlo. And with this weekend's fixtures coming up, the Nerazzurri could theoretically find themselves as much as 13 points clear of the reigning champs by the time matchday 27 finishes on Sunday.

However, those plans have now been thrown into disarray, with Inter's upcoming tie against Sassuolo now reportedly set for postponement. The reason? COVID-19, which has proven to be a real nuisance since rearing its ugly head at the end of 2019. And as a result, Italy's health authorities have decided to postpone the match due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Inter's ranks.

Sassuolo, who have won just one of their last five matches may be relieved at this, but Inter and their fans certainly won't be pleased. Although Conte's side will still have this match in hand, they could see their lead over Juventus reduced to seven should the Bianconeri beat Benevento, and more important, La Vecchia Signora still do have a make-up match to be played.

Meanwhile, Milan will face Fiorentina, and if the Rossoneri win that game, they will move six points behind Inter. Although the Nerazzurri will still head into the international hiatus on top of the table, who knows what psychological impact missing a match could have on the momentum they've built up as they look to end their 11-year-long wait for their 19th Scudetto?


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