I could do something unique, something creative, something new. Or, I could just have Stephan Lichtsteiner display my level of approval after Juventus' complete dismantling of Cagliari on Sunday to finish the season.
Okay, so the Lichtsteiner gif is pretty funny. And it's not exactly the first time I've relied on a gif to provide a chuckle, either. But who doesn't like a cartoon-sized Puma boot to go along with a thumbs up from Stephan? You can thank me later if you'd like to.
This was exactly the way a lot of us wanted Juventus to get to 102 points on the season — beating up the opposition. If it was over before halftime, it was over when the players entered the dressing room for their short break between halves. First Andrea Pirlo did Andrea Pirlo things from a free kick situation, then it was Fernando Llorente, and finally Claudio Marchisio scored one hell of a goal to put the game away before halftime even arrived.
And with it, Juventus made some history. Not a surprise seeing as that seems like a staple of Antonio Conte's reign as Juve manager. Most points ever in a single season? Yeah, 102 points got them there. A perfect 19 for 19 on their home soil at Juventus Stadium? Done that, too.
A season filled with plenty of history got the send off it deserved — a little bit more entered into the lengthy tradition of this great club we root for week after week, month after month.
That's a pretty good reason why it was impossible for Andrea Agnelli and his new beard to wipe the smile off his face during the course of the 3-0 win. Hell, I'd have a hard time not smiling while being at the stadium in that kind of festive atmosphere. Turin had a reason to celebrate — and that's exactly what they did.
I feel pretty safe in saying it was a thumbs-up-worthy season. And I'm glad Stephan agrees.
Random thoughts and observations
- I appreciate Cagliari completely forgetting how to defend. It made the game that much better.
- Fernando Llorente's final stats for the 2013-14 season: 34 games (29 stats), 16 goals, five assists. I'd say that's a pretty good year for a guy who was basically strapped on the bench for the entire season 12 months ago.
- It was impossible to go five minutes without the crowd singing something in appreciation of Antonio Conte. And it was just as impossible of Conte not to recognize it. The rumors will continue to swirl about Conte's future until something official actually does happen because that's what the Italian press is good at doing no matter what the truth is. But I pose this question: If you saw Conte celebrating on the sideline towards the end of the match, did that really look like a guy who is leaving the club in a short amount of time? Antonio Conte wanted to party just as much as anybody there.
- Carlos Tévez didn't get the 20th league goal of the season that he so rightfully deserved, but I don't care. Being named Juve's Player of the Season was a great honor, and there really was nobody better than Carlitos this year. And unlike a lot of his teammates, he'll have a bunch of time this summer to rest up. Yeah, Tévez-related expectations are going to be high next season. There's no doubt about that.
- More Juventus children. Bring them out all the time.
- Better goal, Marchisio or Pirlo? As much as I love Pirlo's, the spin move from Principino is kinda pulling me in his direction.
- Gigi Buffon gave Mauro Bergonzi a hug before he left the field in the second half. That's class.
- Juventus won 3-0 and Simone Padoin didn't play a single minute. Who knew that was possible.
- But guess who did play? Rubinho! And for the second straight season, he's the only Juventus goalkeeper to not allow a goal during his time on the field. Might be a small sample size, though. We'll investigate and get back to you.
- Juventus finish the season 17 points ahead of second-place Roma. Remember about a month ago when people were saying the Scudetto race might be back on? Yeah, so much for that.