MILAN: Andrea Pirlo concluded Juventus lost Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘killer touch’ when the Italian champions lost for the first time in the league in two decades to Atalanta earlier this morning putting them at risk of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Leaders Inter Milan are close to lifting the Serie A title despite a 1-1 draw at Napoli and a 13-point lead ahead of fourth-placed Juventus.
Christian Eriksen got one point for Inter who ended an 11 -point winning streak but still have a nine -point lead over AC Milan as they aim for their first league title since 2010.
Milan had earlier returned to victory at the San Siro after two months with a 2-1 win over Genoa.
Juve’s nine -year reign as champions looks set to end with nine games remaining and their hopes of going to Europe are also under threat.
Substitute Ruslan Malinovskyi exploded three minutes before the end at Bergamo when his effort hit Alex Sandro and slammed into the net for Atalanta.
Juventus are without the injured Ronaldo and the Serie A top scorer has already scored 25 goals this season.
“We know it will be difficult against Atalanta,” said Juve coach Andrea Pirlo.
“Ronaldo is a destroyer for us, he’s used to matches like this, because he’s a champion.
“He was a destroyer in the penalty box. Today we had a chance, we didn’t use it and we were punished with this episode.”