Thirty-five rounds have come and gone. Juventus have been in first place for many of them. Not all of them, but a pretty good number of the previous 35 rounds of Serie A madness. There have been some good games, some not-sp-good games, some games that fall in between.
Today, the final day of the 36th round, is more than just your regular gionata 36. It's the day after the day that Juventus won their third straight Scudetto. It's the day that Juventus step onto their home field for the second to last time this season and celebrate. And celebrate a lot.
Just in case you forgot, this is what Juventus players were up to about 24 hours ago...
This time last week, we were prepared for today to be the day that Juve won the Scudetto. I mean, Juve were coming home and Roma had the soon-to-be related Catania With Juve's 3-1 win over Sassuolo seven days ago, today, the beloved May 5th on the calendar, was almost certainly going to be the day for Juve to clinch their 32nd Scudetto.
All they needed was one point. Just one. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.
Turns out, all they needed was for Catania to do the nearly-unimaginable and beat Roma.
Antonio Conte knows what it means to win a third straight league title. He knew after the win last Monday that his squad, at long last, was on the brink of something special.
Historic? Yes, absolutely. Winning three straight titles hasn't been done in quite a long time around these parts. I like when Juventus make history. I like when they do good things. We all should like when they do good things. And even for relatively new players on this squad, they like doing good things, too. Even when it takes precedent over personal achievements.
Priorities, people. Carlitos has them. I like that guy.
Let us watch over the course of the next couple of hours. Let us celebrate over the next couple of hours. I'm pretty sure that almost all of Juventus Stadium will be.
The first round of Scudetto after party starting lineups will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. And just think about this: Today could mark the moment that Simone Padoin returns to the starting lineup. Yes, return. The Great Padoin who has won three titles in three years with Juventus. That's as many as Roma have won — in its history. Just like we all predicted would happen when Mr. Padoin was signed from Atalanta a couple of Januarys ago.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (3-5-2): Storari; Barzagli, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Padoin, Marchisio, Pogba, Peluso; Osvaldo, Giovinco
Juventus bench: Buffon, Rubinho, Isla, Caceres, Bonucci, Pepe, Pirlo, Vidal, Asamoah, Tevez, Llorente, Quagliarella
Atalanta XI (4-4-1-1): Consigli; Bellini, Lucchini, Yepes, Brivio; Raimondi, Carmona, Baselli, Bonaventura; Maxi Moralez; Denis
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