Champions Juventus turn their focus to nailing down an eighth consecutive Serie A title in record time this weekend, days after a row erupted over racist abuse aimed at starlet Moise Kean in Cagliari.
(From L, Front) Juventus’ Italian forward Federico Bernardeschi, Juventus’ Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus’ Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic and Juventus’ Cypriot midfielder Grigoris Kastanos celebrate at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Cagliari vs Juventus on April 2, 2019 at the Sardignia Arena in Cagliari.
(Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) Massimiliano Allegri’s side return to their home comforts of the Allianz Stadium in Turin to host AC Milan after their trip to Sardinia on Tuesday ended amid scenes of chaos as Kean and teammate Blaise Matuidi were subjected to monkey cries and racist chanting.
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The Turin giants have an 18-point advantage on Napoli and have won both their direct clashes with Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.
“The eighth consecutive championship is in the ‘loading phase’,” said Juve captain Giorgio Chiellini.
“Right now, the ‘uploading’ is getting closer to completion. These will be two very important weeks for us.”
Boosted by the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have had an unparalleled campaign, with just one defeat in 30 games on March 17 against Genoa, when the Portuguese superstar was rested.
But Allegri’s side are building momentum as they prepare for next week’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg clash against Ajax in Amsterdam. If they don’t seal the title on Sunday they can do so the following weekend with a win at SPAL.
In both cases it would be a record for the 20-team Italian championship. Three teams have won with five games to go — Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan in 2006-2007, Torino in 1947-1948 and Fiorentina in 1955-1956. Paris Saint-Germain hold the European record by winning Ligue 1 three years ago with eight games to spare.
Allegri wants to seal a 35th ‘Scudetto’ as quickly as possible, before the real seasonal goal, the coveted Champions League, last achieved in 1996.