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Talking points from the weekend’s Serie A matches

CAN ANYONE STOP INTER?

A second successive Scudetto seems inevitable for Inter Milan this term if they continue with their current run of form.

Their 2-1 success over Lazio on Sunday meant Inter returned to the top of the standings after a ninth league win in a row, meaning the champions have picked up 49 points from 20 Serie A games for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.

Coach Simone Inzaghi has built on the foundations Antonio Conte laid last season, while getting Inter playing an even more exciting brand of football – one that will take some stopping.

“Winning is nice and in the last two years we’ve put in a winning mentality,” defender Alessandro Bastoni, who opened the scoring against Lazio, told DAZN.

“We want to stay that way. Sure, at the beginning I had some difficulty understanding Inzaghi’s game, but then we got into the mechanics, we win and we have fun.”

AT LAST, JUVE SHOW SOME FIGHT

One of the biggest problems Juventus have had this season as their campaign has lurched from one disappointment to the next is how uninspiring their performances have been.

Teams such an Empoli, Venezia, Sassuolo and Hellas Verona have all been able to take points from the Turin side without ever really having to work too hard to see results out.

After falling 3-1 behind at AS Roma in the capital on Sunday, Juve looked to be set for another disappointing result, only to come back, out of nowhere, to stun Jose Mourinho’s men and edge the Stadio Olimpico thriller 4-3.

The victory was the first Serie A match Juve won having been trailing by a two-goal margin since August 2017, as they showed fighting spirit that could not have been better timed, with Massimiliano Allegri’s men looking to finish the season strongly and prove they can turn their fortunes around.

NEVER CHANGE, ATALANTA

If Juventus are to climb back into the top four this season, they could have to overtake Atalanta, who simply will not go away.

The men from Bergamo, on their vastly inferior budget, keep on performing against the odds to sit in the Champions League qualification places, and continue to be Serie A’s great goalscoring entertainers.

After a slow start, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are back in the groove, sitting fourth in the standings after their 6-2 thrashing of Udinese on Sunday. Since Gasperini joined the club in 2016-17, no side have scored six or more goals in a single Serie A match than Atalanta’s four occasions.

Only Inter scored more last term, while the champions and AC Milan are the only sides to find the net more often this season.

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