Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round yesterday.Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free kick shortly before the break, and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which, last Sunday, handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.
Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles.Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-1949 (including a season that was cancelled due to World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-2010 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-1935.”We’ve written one of the greatest pages in the book of football history,” said Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who also won the 2002 and 2003 Serie A titles with Juventus.”Winning is never easy,” Buffon added. “Beyond what people say, staying at the top is synonymous with sacrifice on everyone’s part. … If you want to always win matches, you’ve got to always have your head in focus and your legs prepared.”
It’s the second title in five days for Juventus after a 2-0 win over Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.The Bianconeri has a chance to complete the treble with a victory over Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final on June 3.Juventus also added to its record number of Serie A titles, with its 33rd.Players dumped shaving cream over the head of manager Massimiliano Allegri at the final whistle, then put on celebratory T-shirts with a ‘6’ on them.
“First of all, I’ve got to compliment the players who have won six straight titles. They’re the ones going down in history,” said Allegri, who replaced Antonio Conte in 2014.Allegri, who has aspirations of following Conte to the English Premier League, wouldn’t confirm that he’ll remain with Juventus.”It depends on both of us,” Allegri said when told that club director Giuseppe Marotta inferred his future is up to the coach. “I’m very happy at Juventus. But now we’ve got to focus on playing, and possibly winning, the (Champions League) final in Cardiff.”