Serie A: Tracking Italy's Performance in European Competition

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Serie A: Tracking Italy's Performance in European Competition
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Cristian Molinario and Omar El Kaddouri celebrate a Toro goal against Brommapojkarna.

With the playoff rounds looming, it is crunch time in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and Serie A is hoping to reach the group stage with all six of their entrants present.

Juventus and Roma earned berths in the Champions League group stage with their one-two finish last season.  Fiorentina did likewise in the Europa League by virtue of finishing as runners-up in the Coppa Italia (winners Napoli had qualified for the Champions League).  Because of that, we'll leave them be for the moment and focus on the three teams playing in the playoff rounds.

A lot is at stake for Napoli, Inter and Torino.  The glory, the prize money and the precious coefficient points that deep European runs will bring will be on the mind of every player and coach.

What stands between these clubs and places in the group stage?  Let's take a closer look and find out.

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