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Juventus set to clinch Serie A title

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Juventus’ Paulo Dybala (right) celebrates with teammate Leonardo Bonucci after scoring a penalty kick during a Champions League round-of-16 match.

MILAN (AP):

Nobody seems capable of stopping Juventus, at home or abroad. After taking a step closer to the Champions League final on Wednesday, Juventus can secure an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title this weekend if results go their way.

The team is also in the Italian Cup final, where it will face Lazio, and there is the feeling that this could be the year Juventus emulate the Inter Milan team of 2010 by winning the treble.

"We have a huge week coming up," Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. "But we head into it with bundles of energy and enthusiasm."

The first trophy can be clinched this weekend if Juventus win at home against city rivals Torino tomorrow and Roma fails to do the same at AC Milan the following day.

Juventus are currently riding a league record run of 33 straight victories at home, but a draw would also be enough if Roma lose at Milan.

If Juventus doesn't clinch the title this weekend, they could win it the following Sunday - at Roma. That match comes days after the second

leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Monaco, with Juventus leading 2-0.

CONCEDED GOALS

Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club has won six straight titles - though Torino, Inter Milan and Juventus have all won five in a row.

Juventus have appeared to have had the title sewn up for several weeks - even months.

A key part of Juventus' title defence has been its defence. The Bianconeri have conceded only 22 goals in the league, nine fewer than Roma.

Before last weekend's 2-2 draw at Atalanta, Juventus hadn't conceded in any competition since a 3-2 cup loss at Napoli - a run of five matches, which included two games against Barcelona.

The BBC of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini earned yet more plaudits after another stingy display in Monaco.

"It's the team which is special, the defence is only something extra," Chiellini said. "The lads up front were exceptional tonight. We played well at the back but we had Gigi (Buffon) to thank, too, because when you're up against players this good, you always end up conceding a few chances.