Juventus claim fourth straight Serie A title with win at Sampdoria
Juventus clinched a fourth successive Serie A title with a 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Saturday but put its trophy celebrations on ice with a crucial Champions League match in just three days.
Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the game after half an hour as the Bianconeri – who only needed a point to clinch their 31st Italian crown — did even more and took all three.
"We believed in the championship from the start," Allegri told the club website. "We have been in the lead since the early days. Clearly in the season we can get difficult moments but we must not lose sight of the certainties. For example, when we drew with Inter (in January) then we went on to win against Napoli, maybe not playing very well but taking home an important victory."
He added: "We have been good at understanding the periods of the season. Each game is useful, even those in which we concede goals, we need to keep up the concentration. To grow you have to go through lots of defending. There is no shame, because they play well in defence and apply great match play on offence."
With four games of the season remaining, Massimiliano Allegri’s men can no longer be caught, allowing them now to focus all of their attention on a Champions League semi-inal with Real Madrid, the first leg of which takes place at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday.
Roberto Soriano sent an early shot over the crossbar and Pedro Obaing dragged his effort wide of the far post as Samp wanted to be more than just party-poopers – for them, a place in the Europa League next season is still up for grabs.
Fernando Llorente, preferred over Alvaro Morata in the Juve attack, had the visitors’ first two chances of the game, first heading wide of the far post and then shooting over. Vidal then shot straight at Emiliano Viviano before the Chilean got it right from a deep Stephan Lichtsteiner cross to head Juve in front in the 32nd minute.
Carlos Tevez could have made it two on the hour mark, but a fine save from Viviano forced Juve to put the champagne on ice for a little longer with Samp not giving up without a fight. Gonzalo Bergessio had their best opportunity to level, but his shot was deflected over and, with it, went Samp’s hopes of getting anything from the game.
Former AC Milan boss Allegri succeeded Antonio Conte as Juventus manager last summer and quickly proved his mettle in Turin – the club have just three defeats so far this season. Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta gave credit to Allegri for battling through the criticism around his appointment and delivering success when it was required.
"When he arrived Allegri was greeted by kicking, spitting and eggs," Marotta said. "This made us realize immediately that we would be facing a captivating challenge. The coach is a great manager and a team leader. Max led the team with regard to the goals. I do not think you could ask for more than that."
Information from The Associated Press.