While Juventus manager Max Allegri declared that there was six points needed to mathematically clinch a fourth straight Serie A title, there was a way for Juventus to wrap things up a little earlier. You know, kinda like the carpool lane on the freeway you can use if you have enough people in the car. You get the help, you get to use the rewards.
So, let's look at what said situation is, shall we?
- Roma needs to lose against Inter on Saturday.
- Lazio needs to lose against Chievo on Sunday.
- Juventus needs to beat Torino in Sunday's Derby della Mole.
Well, we've got one out of the way with Roma doing ultimate Roma things and losing to an Inter team that was sitting in the middle of the Serie A table. And we'll know in a rather short matter of time whether or not the second and third bullet points actually do take place.
It could end in a party. It could end in that party simply being put off for another week.
But, either way, Juventus has the chance to make the 26th day in April one where we not only celebrate a win over Torino in the Derby della Mole, but also a 33rd Scudetto to come along with it. Of course, all of this is put on postpone for the middle of the week if Lazip wins — which, considering who they are playing at the same time Juventus faces Torino, is certainly possible.
But let's just throw out the Scudetto talk for a second because we all know the title will be clinched barring Juventus going completely AWOL in the final five weeks of the season. There will be more wins, there will be squad rotation and there will be a lot of talk about how Juventus has qualified for the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 12 years over the course of the next two weeks.
There's still a lot of minutes to be played in this 2014-15 season. Not much time left in terms of game days, but still plenty of minutes to go around for everybody to share.
Ah, what fun we can have — even if there is no Scudetto party.
It'll happen soon enough. Patience, kids.
Starting lineups for both Juventus and Torino will be posted RIGHT HERE when they become available. I would make a Simone Padoin joke, but he's played good enough lately to be free of such punchlines as well as the fact that he's almost certainly starting against Toro. So, because of that, there's no point in joking about how he won't be starting. Oh well.
UPDATE: LINEUPS ARE IN!
Juventus XI (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Padoin, Vidal, Pirlo, Sturaro, Pereyra, Matri, Morata
Juventus bench: Storari, Tevez, Llorente, Barzagli, Marrone, Pepe, Rubinho, De Ceglie, Chiellini, Coman
Torino XI (3-5-2): Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Bruno Peres, Benassi, Gazzi, El Kaddouri, Darmian; Quagliarella, Maxi Lopez
Torino bench: Silva, Molinaro, Martinez, Basha, Castellazzi, Farnerud, Ichazo, Vives, Jansson, Amauri, Gonzalez, Bovo