Rome - After lying dormant for weeks, the Serie A title race
was brought flickering back to life after Roma's impressive 4-2 win over
high-flying Parma on Wednesday saw them cut Juventus' lead to eight points with
seven games remaining.
Rudi Garcia's side travel to struggling Cagliari on Sunday
(1300GMT) on the back of five straight league wins, while on Monday night a
tiring Juventus host third-from-bottom Livorno(1700).
Juve had built up a 14-point lead and their third
consecutive league title looked a formality, but after they lost 2-0 at Napoli
following Roma's easy win at lowly Sassuolo on Sunday the capital side pounced
with a thrilling display against Parma in the early evening sunshine.
The win came in a game that had been suspended after nine
minutes in February because of a powerful storm that battered the Italian
capital, and hopes are high in Rome that they can give leaders Juve a run for
their money in the closing weeks of the season.
"We will play to win all of our following games and as
long as there is still a mathematical possibility we will give our all. We'll
see what happens," Garcia said.
"Things like that (a team coming from behind to win the
league) have happened before in the history of football. We're eight points
behind Juve and they have to come and play at the Olympic stadium.
"They will be feeling under pressure given that two
weeks ago they had a huge lead."
Juventus are on 81 points and are still clear favourites for
the title as they have an easier-looking run-in, but they have to travel to
Rome in their penultimate game of the season, and there is a feeling that their
European exploits are starting to have an effect on their form.
Juventus are at Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Europa
League on Thursday night before what should be a simple home match against
Juve's performances have started to dip in recent weeks, and
a series of unsure displays for Antonio Conte's side culminated in a
comprehensive beating at Napoli, their first league defeat since October.
"We need to remember the Napoli match in order to
improve, but I'm baffled by articles talking about a crisis at Juventus, or the
end of a tyranny in Italy," said Conti in Wednesday's media conference
ahead of their clash with Lyon.
"For three years the team has been growing and it will
continue to do so."
Walter Mazzarri's future as Inter Milan coach is in the
balance as they take on Bologna on Saturday (1845).
Italian media reports have suggested Mazzari could be sacked
if his side do not qualify for the Europa League.
Inter are three points behind Fiorentina in fourth but have
Parma, Atalanta and Lazio breathing down their necks and their recent form has
been extremely patchy.
They have only won four of the 13 league games they have
played in 2014, and throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at lowly Livorno
on Monday was just the latest of a series of disappointing results.
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