Juventus find themselves within reach of their fifth consecutive Scudetto. A win over Fiorentina and a Napoli loss at Roma on Monday will hand the Bianconeri a championship that seemed remotely impossible in late October. However, 70 points in 24 games will bring even Lazarus back from the dead.
The home side were dominant today as they swatted aside a poor Lazio side 3-0, barely breaking a sweat in the process.
Manager Max Allegri has finally shed all pretenses that there is still a title race, conceding that Juve are close to the finish. He commended Juve for negotiating what could have been a tricky fixture with relative ease -
"Today was a potentially high-risk game, the boys have, however, played very well.
"This team are always motivated and we showed how well prepared we were with our performance."
He lauded 'La Joya' Paulo Dybala in particular -
"Dybala is a fine player and very intelligent. He enjoys himself playing in almost a trequartista role, connecting the forwards to the midfield. He has very clear ideas on what he wants to do."
Is that statement indirectly telling the fans that it is unlikely that Beppe Marotta will go out and purchase a trequartista this summer? We'll see.
Sticking with the transfer market theme, Allegri commented that he would like to start looking forward to next season -
"We must confirm this squad, because it's a young group and we want to do well in the Champions League. Our exit this time was rather hard to swallow.
"We made an impressive comeback in Serie A to win after that bad start, but we can still do even better."