And this is why Max Allegri was telling us to be patient during the rough days of September and October.
In the ultimate kind of sports cliche, the 2015-16 Serie A season has proven to be a marathon and not a sprint. Juventus, ringing in a new era with a new-look roster was sitting just outside the relegation zone three games into the new campaign back in mid-September. Come the final week of April with three games left in the season, Juve have won their fifth consecutive Scudetto thanks to Roma beating Napoli 1-0 on Monday.
Allegri had been preaching at his pre-match press conference on Saturday that four points were needed to wrap this title up. Well, Juventus got a little help from their Roman friends as known-Juve admirer and all around good guy Radja Nainggolan's last-minute goal was the difference at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It pushed Juventus' lead in Serie A to 12 points with three games to go.
That means No. 34 is here. Officially official, it's here.
Through all the struggles, through all of the early-season issues, through everything, Juventus rose out from the bottom part of the table and into the top spot like a freaking phoenix coming out of the ashes. The club has recorded 24 wins in their last 25 Serie A games, not suffering a league loss since the latter days of October. It was just a few days later that all of this start, with a Halloween day win over Torino. It's only continued over the next six months, culminating in Juve getting word after their training session on Monday that they can break open the bubbly and do some celebrating of their own.
Seventy-three points claimed out of a possible 75. That's just crazy to think about. Ever since that final day of October, Juventus has been a train that no domestic opponent could completely slow down.
That's why this Juventus team has won been able to win it's fifth consecutive title. These things don't happen very often, so you better damn well know that Paul Pogba won't be the only person losing his mind and dancing on a table today. It's one of those days where if you love yourself some Juventus, you're going to be singing something that starts with "SIAMO NOI, SIAMO NOI!!!!" more than just once in all likelihood.
As Prince once famously said, "Let's go crazy, let's get nuts!"
Let us also now hear announcers mention the "Well, they lost Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tévez..." line followed up by "...and still won the Serie A title!" now. Why? Because it's only the gosh darn truth, that's why.