What can I say!? Simply wonderful. La Juve finally confirmed their 35th Scudetto this Saturday after beating Fiorentina 2-1. The title came in with five games to go, or with 15 points to be disputed. Alex Sandro and a Pezzella own goal ensured the win for the Old Lady.
Besides winning their 8th consecutive Serie A, La Juve also achieved something unprecedented before. It’s the first time that a club in the six major European leagues makes eight in a row. Until then, the best record of consecutive titles was from Old Lady herself, alongside Lyon, who was seven times French champions between 2002 and 2008. In addition to it, Juventus has won all the Scudettos since the opening of their new stadium back in 2011.
With the 2-1 win, Juventus have reached 87 points, 20 more than Napoli, who only have 18 more to play and so they can no longer reach the Bianconeri. Fiorentina, meanwhile, is in the midtable, without a win since February.
Coming from a traumatic elimination in the Champions League to Ajax, Juventus started the match taking a heavy blow. At 6, Milenkovic opened the scoring for Fiorentina and increased the hangover by the fall in the Champions. The lack of confidence of Cristiano Ronaldo and company was clearly felt on the pitch, with la Viola losing clear chances to increase the score. However, at 36, a classy diving header from Alex Sandro equalized the match. At this point, la Juve was the Serie A champions, even with the 1-1.
In the second half, Juventus came back more excited and, at 52, completed the comeback. Cristiano Ronaldo left the position more centralized in the attack, opened in the right wing, and low-crossed it for Bernardeschi. Pezzella, in a fail attempt to clear, ended up scoring an own goal. With the 2-1 guaranteed, la Juve only waited for the referee to blow his whistle for the last time.
Everyone already knew that it was coming. Since the Cristiano Ronaldo signing in the beginning of the season, the 8th Serie A was expected. However, we cannot even say that it was only because of him since Juventus have been doing it for eight seasons in a row. Competence or lack of competitivity? Maybe a mix of both. What it really matters, is that Juventus won. Congratulations, Juve!