AC Milan clinch Serie A title with goalless draw at Roma
Stalemate in Rome enough as AC Milan end Internazionale's run of five consecutive Serie A crowns
A goalless draw at Roma was enough for AC Milan to win the Serie A title on Saturday as the club were crowned champions for the first time since 2004.
Milan’s triumph ends derby rivals Internazionale’s five-year Scudetto winning run and draws the two clubs level with 18 league titles apiece.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side knew a draw would be enough to clinch this season’s crown as Inter, who still have three games left to play, can only match their 78-point haul and have an inferior head-to-head record.
“To be honest, I still can’t believe it,” said the Milan boss after Saturday’s draw. “I’m incredibly happy and lucky. I had a great squad at my disposal and there was always respect between players.
“The best moment was the derby, as that was the right time to break away from Inter. It’s just a shame we’re not in Milan right now.”
“It was important to finish this off against Roma, who still have ambitions of fourth place. We played with great concentration to bring the Scudetto to Milan without waiting for next Sunday.
“I have to thank the lads, the president who gave me this chance and this squad with newcomers who behaved impeccably in the locker room.”
He added: “These men have won so many trophies, but they were professionals working for the group. This is why we won the Scudetto.”
Roma were searching for a win to boost their Champions League qualifying hopes, and the draw hoists Vincenzo Montella’s men into fifth, level with fourth-placed city rivals Lazio on 60 points.
Milan, meanwhile, will remain in Rome to train ahead of their Coppa Italia semi-final second leg at Palermo on Tuesday before celebrating their Scudetto triumph in front of their fans when they host Cagliari next Saturday.
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