Juventus celebrated their third successive Scudetto, and 30th in total, without even playing on Sunday as AS Roma lost 4-1 at Calcio Catania – and the Bianconeri have three more games to make history in Serie A.
Antonio Conte's men go into this evening's home game against Atalanta BC with an unassailable eight-point advantage, their tally of 93 putting them within touching distance of FC Internazionale Milano's 2006/07 high of 97. "We have had an incredible campaign, but we want to break as many records as possible," said defender Giorgio Chiellini. "We want to reach 100 points and make history. We have Roma to thank as their great campaign has forced us to give our very best, match after match."
The Bianconeri visit the Giallorossi on Sunday before rounding off the season at home to Cagliari Calcio. "We have won the Scudetto three times in a row but we want to keep on winning – you never tire of lifting trophies," added the Italian international. "We are still growing as a group and we will prove it over the next few campaigns. We want to add important pages to the history of this great club." They already have: only once before have Juventus captured three successive titles, winning five in a row in the early 1930s.
Juventus have lost just twice in Serie A this term, drawing three and winning 30, including all 17 at the Juventus Stadium. Seventeen consecutive home wins is already a record in Serie A, but if the Bianconeri win their last two, they will beat AC Milan's record of 55 points from a possible 57 at home in 2005/06. "The title we won two years ago gave us immense joy because it was unexpected," said goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. "But defending a title is even more difficult and this season we confirmed our dominance."
The 36-year-old captain also praised Roma for their great effort, including a run of ten wins at the start of the season. "Italian football in general must thank the Giallorossi for what they have done this term, for the way they have played and how competitive they were. We were never sure we would win this Scudetto until today because Roma showed great strength and confidence throughout the campaign. They deserve a lot of credit for making this campaign so exciting despite our great results."
If no Juve player scored more than ten goals in the previous two successful campaigns, this season Conte could count on two forwards in Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tévez who have contributed 15 and 19 respectively so far. "I did not dream of adapting so quickly to Italian football, but the real symbol of this Juventus team is the team ethic," said Tévez, who joined last summer from Manchester City FC. "You can only make history with the help of the entire squad. It's the entire group who deserve to celebrate today."
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