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Why everyone should be excited about the Serie A title race

Napoli's late win over current leaders Juventus has blown the title race wide open in Italy

The Serie A title race is the only one still active across Europe’s top five leagues.

Kalidou Koulibaly’s late winner for Napoli reduced Juventus’ lead at the top of the Serie A table to just one point on Sunday night.

Juventus were unbeaten in their previous 11 league matches before the defender headed past Michael Oliver’s best mate in the 90th minute, sparking delirious scenes in Naples.

Salmon comes to mind

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Salmon comes to mind

Napoli prevented Juventus from registering a single shot on target, the first time this has happened in a home game since the Old Lady moved to their new stadium in 2011.

Both sides have just four games left to play this season, with Juventus still to visit Inter Milan and Roma.


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Juventus have held a stranglehold on Serie A in recent years, winning the league for the last six seasons in a row.

However, Maurizio Sarri’s men are intent on upsetting the status quo this time round.

“What was it like to play with Andriy Voronin?”

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“What was it like to play with Andriy Voronin?”

The Naples side have a real chance of winning their first league title since Diego Maradona inspired them to Scudettos in 1986/87 and 1989/90.

The Argentinian No10 remains a legend in the region today.

‘When McDonald’s Monopoly is back’

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‘When McDonald’s Monopoly is back’

The man himself celebrated last night’s victory brilliantly, posing with a Koulibaly shirt after the game.

The two horse race is made more interesting because of the clash of styles between the sides.

The tactical pragmatism of Max Allegri is being contested by the possession-based style of play of Sarri’s entertaining Napoli side.

The success of Napoli this season could signal a changing of the guard in Italian football, with the Old Lady stepping aside for a new dynasty to begin.

Or, this could be Napoli’s best chance of winning the Scudetto again, before their exciting team gets picked apart by Europe’s elite clubs in the summer window.

“Tonight is a feeling that only those who have been with us since yesterday can fully understand,” Sarri said.

“You want some?”

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“You want some?”

“It’s an enormous satisfaction. We are the only team which represents an entire population, because we are the only one which comes from a big city that only has one team.

“We gave our fans a huge joy today that goes above and beyond the standings.”

Back to the drawing board for this lot

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Back to the drawing board for this lot

It’s safe to say that the Napoli fans enjoyed the victory.

20,000 supporters sent the airport in Naples into meltdown as they welcomed their team home at 2am.

Napoli’s flight back was even delayed because of the large crowds that gathered.

Just imagine the scenes if they go onto win the title.

With the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 all wrapped up respectively, the exciting end to Serie A is offering football fans their fix of a proper title race.

Italy’s top division should be what everyone is watching from now on, instead of a poxy race for the top four in England, which has yer da fuming.

Lorenzo Insigne even fired shots at Juventus after the win..


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