Five things we learned from Serie A

Justin DAVIS
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Juventus' coach Massimiliano Allegri boasts three Serie A titles and has little to prove in Italy

Juventus conceded their first league draw in over a year amid rumours that coach Massimiliano Allegri is on his way to Arsenal, but Roma are still heading for a podium place.

Here are five things we learned from Serie A at the weekend.

Allegri Arsenal rumours, and Juve concede rare draw

Given the chance to go 10 points clear after Roma's shock 2-1 defeat to Napoli on Saturday, Juventus failed to capitalise, conceding their first league draw in over a year on the day rumours linking coach Massimiliano Allegri with a move to Arsenal grew louder. On Saturday, Roma coach Luciano Spalletti dramatically conceded the title to Juventus while live on television, claiming: "We have to be realistic. For us it's now almost impossible to catch Juventus." Juve's failure to break down a spirited Udinese could change Roma's outlook. Udinese were given a first-half lead by powerful Colombian Duvan Zapata and it took a back-post header from defender Leonardo Bonucci on the hour for star-packed Juventus to pull level.

More runner-up woe in store for Roma

Rome may be known as the 'Eternal City', but one of the city's two football sides -- Roma -- will embellish their reputation as Serie A's eternal runners-up if they fail to overturn their eight-point deficit to Juventus over the final 11 games. Roma's shock 2-1 defeat to Napoli was a huge blow to their chances of a first 'scudetto' since 2001 in what is legend Francesco Totti's 25th and final season at the club. Since then, the 'Giallorossi' have finished second in the table no less than eight times in 15 seasons. Roma finished runners-up to Juventus in 2002, to AC Milan in 2004, to Inter Milan for three successive seasons in 2006-2008, then again in 2010. The capital club also finished runners-up to Juventus in 2014 and 2015, and finished third last year.

Mertens, not Milik in Napoli pole position

When Arkadiusz Milik joined Napoli from Ajax last summer, he looked all set to step into Juventus-bound Gonzalo Higuain's shoes. But with just 11 games remaining, the Poland international has made just 10 appearances and been spectacularly eclipsed by Dries Mertens since the Belgium international was pushed out of midfield and into the main striker's role after Milik was sidelined for four months with a cruciate knee ligament injury. On Saturday, Mertens hit a brace in a 2-1 win at Roma to take his league tally to 18 goals, just four short of league-leading Andrea Belotti of Torino. Milik returned to the Napoli fray last month, but has made only three substitute appearances since his comeback, including on Saturday when he was given an 11-minute cameo after replacing midfielder Marek Hamsik.

Champions League dream alive for Lazio

After "deserved" losses to Inter Milan and Juventus earlier this season, Lazio have been only too happy to capitalise on Napoli's shock 2-0 loss at home to Atalanta last week, Simone Inzaghi's men claiming their third win in succession Sunday in a 2-0 defeat of Bologna. The Biancocelesti are back in the hunt for a third-place finish and possible entry to the Champions League, where their biggest achievement was reaching the play-offs in 2015 prior to a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Bayer Leverkusen. At the Dall'Ara arena on Sunday, Ciro Immobile hit a brace as Lazio displaced high-flying Atalanta from fourth place to sit just four points behind Napoli in the third and last Champions League spot.

Bonucci was tempted by England

For months, Leonardo Bonucci has been linked with a move to Chelsea and the Juventus defender admitted Sunday he was so tempted to leave the Turin giants that he began to study English last summer. But despite reported overtures from his old boss Antonio Conte, who is steering the Blues to a possible Premier League title, it appears the Italy international is staying put. "I'm part of the club, I've signed a contract until 2021 with Juventus and I feel an important part of this squad. I don't see where the problem is," Bonucci said after nodding a 60th minute leveller Sunday in a 1-1 draw at Udinese. "If I'd wanted to leave, I would have done it last year. I got some big offers last summer and I'd even started to learn English."