thanks to Théo Hernandez, AC Milan defeats Naples and consolidates its place on the podium

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Théo Hernandez scored the only goal of the match. CLAUDIA GRECO / REUTERS

The Lombard club signed, against Napoli, a ninth match without defeat, including seven victories.

A pre-reservation for the next Champions League, while waiting for better? AC Milan is firmly established in 3rd place in the Italian Championship after its victory against Naples 1-0 on Sunday during the 24th day. Milan, eliminated in the group stage of C1 this season, can start thinking about the 2024-25 edition of the premier competition of European football.

After its ninth match without defeat, including seven victories, the Lombard club, 3rd with 52 points, is thirteen points ahead of 5th, Bologna. The Nerazzurri, whose last defeat dates back to December 9, made the difference thanks to Théo Hernandez who scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute, at the conclusion of a combination with Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud.

But Napoli was not unworthy, without being able to materialize its domination in the second half, not without having hit the right post of the Lombard goal in the 89th minute. “We expected a difficult match and it was a complicated match against a good Naples team. We had a bit of a complicated period this season and we got through it by working a lot”rejoiced Hernandez.

Just one length behind Juventus Turin

If they total eight points less than the leader, Inter Milan, winner of AS Roma (4-2) on Saturday, Stefano Pioli’s players are only one length behind Juventus Turin, 2nd, which hosts Udinese on Monday at the end of the 24th day. Does AC Milan, which hosts Rennes on Thursday in the play-off for the round of 16 of the Europa League, still believe in its chances of winning the title? “We’ll see where we are when we play Inter in April”swept Hernandez.

“For a month and a half, our performance has been comparable to that of Inter who are having an incredible season, but we continue to take the matches one after the other”, added Pioli. For Naples, participation in the next Champions League is moving away: Napoli is 9th, seven points behind Atalanta which occupies 4th place (42 pts), the last qualifier for the C1.



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