Inter Milan to be crowned Serie A champions
Inter Milan have closed in on their first Italian Serie A title since 2010
Second-half goals from former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and former Borussia Dortmund right back Achraf Hakimi at Crotone brought Inter closer to the title
Inter will be crowned champions on Sunday if second-placed Atalanta fail to claim all three points at Sassuolo.
Denmark midfielder Eriksen broke the deadlock shortly after being brought on as a substitute by manager Antonio Conte.
Achraf Hakimi added the second in injury time as the away win also confirmed bottom side Crotone’s instant return to Iterlian Series B.
Even if Atalanta earn victory against Sassuolo, Inter could still find a way out to clinch their first title in ten years with four matches still left to play.
Conte’s side are 14 points clear of Atalanta and have a superior head-to-head record over their nearest rivals.
It would represent another title triumph for Conte, who led Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles between 2012 and 2014.
The former Italy and Chelsea manager has transformed Inter’s fortunes since arriving in May 2019, leading them to a Serie A runners-up finish and the Europa League final last season.
It followed a downturn in the club’s fortunes over much of the previous decade, having finished as low as ninth in 2013 and not reaching a major final in the previous seven seasons.
Meanwhile Juventus will miss out on the trophy after eight consecutive title clinches, thanks to their consistency over the years.
The old ladies currently sit fifth on the Series A table on 66 points, sharing the same points with 4th placed Napoli.
Their failure to finish strongly could as well keep them out of the champions league.