It was another successful week for Italian football in the European competitions. That has helped their UEFA Rankings a fair bit.
Italy has five semi-finalists after a thrilling midweek round of European football. Sky Sport have taken a look at where all of the teams from the country are on the UEFA Ranking, which is based on coefficients.
La Viola were already 4-1 up when they started the second leg of their UEFA Conference League tie against Lech Poznan. However, Fiorentina would not have an easy night in Florence. Their Polish opponents scored three goals, which put them level over two games. The home side woke up and Riccardo Sottil and Gaetano Castrovilli scored to save Fiorentina.
Fiorentina are now 92nd in UEFA’s club ranking.
The Biancocelesti were one of the few Italian teams already out of European competitions after losing to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (4-2) in the Conference League. Lazio are in 42nd, still far ahead of Fiorentina.
Not far ahead of Lazio are Milan. The Rossoneri already comfortably beat Napoli in the league (0-4), and they managed put the Partenopei aside in the Champions League quarterfinals as well.
In the first leg, Ismael Bennacer put Milan ahead. At the Maradona, Olivier Giroud doubled the Rossoneri’s lead after superb run from Rafael Leão. Victor Osimhen pulled one back for Napoli, but it was too little, too late.
Milan are 36th in UEFA’s ranking.
La Dea are not in a European competetion this year, but are still fairly high on the list because of their recent European success. They are in 28th.
Like noted before, Napoli crashed out of the Champions League against Milan this week. The Partenopei can still be proud of their Champions League run this season, in which they beat Ajax, Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt twice, and Liverpool once. Their impressive record this season puts them in 19th place.
Just outside the top ten, we find Inter. The Nerazzurri managed to beat one of the suprises of Europe this season, Benfica, on Wednesday. Inter had already won 2-0 in Lissabon, while the home game ended 3-3. Nicolò Barella, Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa scored at the Giuseppe Meazza. The next hurdle before the final in city-rival Milan, which means a double Derby della Madonnina decides who’s heading to Istanbul to fight for the ultimate glory.
Inter are 11th in the ranking.
Roma are in 10th, one spot above Inter. The Giallorossi managed to beat Feyenoord in a dramatic game on Thursday that went into extra-time. Substitute Paulo Dybala was the difference maker against the Dutch side. After he came on, Roma turned the game around. He put Roma back ahead at the Olimpico and tied over two games. The game ended 4-1 after 120 minutes. Leonardo Spinazzola, Stephan El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the other Roman goals.
Even though Juventus had an awful run in the Champions League, finishing third in a group with PSG, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa, they are the highest placed Italian team. The Bianconeri are in the semi-final of the Europa League after beating Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on aggregate. On Thursday, Juve drew 1-1, with their only goal being scored by the soon out of contract Adrien Rabiot.
Juventus are 8th in UEFA’s ranking.