Juve outpace Inter in Serie A Lockdown POWA Rankings
Italy was the first European epi-centre of the pandemic and one of the hardest hit countries, and there was uncertainty whether or not Serie A 2019/20 would be completed, however the Copa Italia semi-finals heralded the return of empty stadia soccer on 17th June with Serie A resuming three days later.
Top spot goes in the Lockdown POWA Rankings goes to Juventus, who have not been at their very best this season but still lead Serie A. It has been a tough season, with Cristiano Ronaldo dragging them towards what would be a ninth consecutive Scudetto. The ‘Old Lady’ have had the most high-profile coronavirus cases, with Paulo Dybala, Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani all infected.
Inter Milan take 2nd place, they are currently 3rd in the league and in the last 16 of the Europa League, but the Nerazzurri fans aren’t happy with their team and under pressure manager Antonio Conte will look to overhaul the squad in the summer. Mauro Icardi is the first high-profile casualty with PSG completing a £54million deal for the on-loan hitman.
AC Milan are struggling in Serie A, but make 3rd place in the rankings. Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January, giving the whole club a boost. Milan director Paolo Maldini and his son, midfielder Daniel, have both had the virus.
4th place Lazio are 2nd in Serie A, beaten just once in the league since September and are the form team. 28-goal striker Ciro Immobile is enjoying his best ever season, and the Biancocelesti could be the team to end Juve’s run of titles.
DataPOWA C.E.O. Michael Flynn said: “Lazio’s fans are full of anticipation of what could be a first Scudetto in 20 years, and the conversations are all taking place online. Inter’s fans were hoping this could be their season, and they aren’t happy with the application of the team, and the standard of some of the recent purchases. Juventus’s issues with the virus and the CR7 factor has been enough to help them top the Lockdown POWA Rankings.”
Serie A and other top global league lockdown rankings are available ‘free to view’ on POWA index here.
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