Greater depth for top teams means it could be a tight title race – The Athletic


As Andrea Agnelli welcomed his friend Massimiliano Allegri to the club, the Juventus president explained why they are close to a perfect match. “The corto muso theory is perhaps symbolic of our way of thinking,” Agnelli said.

It’s a theory Allegri explained towards the end of his first stint with Juventus coach when, after a 2-1 loss to SPAL in April 2019, the horse racing enthusiast pointed out that in the end in fact, this was not the case. it doesn’t matter how many lengths you win a race. Winning by a nose is always a victory. Allegri even bought a stake in a horse born two days before the SPAL match which he named – you guessed it – Corto Muso.

Last season, Inter Milan did not become Italian champions by a hair. Antonio Conte tends to whip his steed so hard on the home stretch that they cross the line miles ahead, and that was the case with Inter in May. “With Antonio, we learned to go to the red zone,” said Romelu Lukaku, 2020-21 Serie A player of the year.

The margin of victory for the title this season is expected to be tighter than the 12 points Inter won and although Juventus are now bookmakers’ favorites after Conte walked away and Inter sold key men Ashraf Hakimi then Lukaku, the race might not be limited to one or two horses.

Memories of that last Sunday die hard when a hair – two points – ended up covering AC Milan runners-up Atalanta third, Juventus fourth and Napoli, who missed out on qualifying for the Champions League under atrocious circumstances.

“I went down to the locker room at half-time to rally the troops and relaxed after taking the lead (on time),” Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis recalled of their final of the home season against Verona. But you can’t take it easy in this league.


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