Serie A leaders Juventus are widely expected to wrap up a third consecutive title when they host mid-table Atlanta on Monday evening.
Last week’s 3-1 win over minnows Sassuolo mean they require just one victory to put the seal on the title in what has proved to be another vintage year for the Old Lady in Turin.
Roma, who have showed resilience over the course of the campaign, could even gift them the title if they fail to beat basement side Catania on Sunday afternoon.
They trail the leaders by eight points with three games to play, yet will take great pride in the fact that they have amassed a new club record points total of 85 under the stewardship of Rudi Garcia.
Juventus’ 3-0 thumping of Roma earlier in January served to consolidate their position as the best team in the country, and has ensured the race for the title be a foregone conclusion for the majority of the season. Carlos Tevez has been imperious since his summer transfer from Manchester City, having scored 19 goals in all competitions, whilst the rejuvenation of former Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente has also given Juventus fans plenty to cheer.
Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal have been as consistent as ever, but the Italian club may have to stave off interest from the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid to secure their services for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile Gianluigi Buffon has proved yet again to be overt to the process of ageing, with his man of the match display in the 2-0 win over AC Milan in March another indication of the challenge the Turin club face when he eventually decides to hang up his boots.
They could do a lot worse than to swoop for Petr Cech of Chelsea with Thibaut Courtois set to take the reins for Jose Mourinho’s side next season. Iker Casillas, if he could be prized away from Real Madrid, would be a top alternative.
There have been lows along the way – with losing their unbeaten run in March to Inter Milan and being consigned to the struggles of the Europa League after their Champions League exit particularly hard to digest, but the season has provided plenty more evidence that they are on the rise.
The Old Lady was once thought a declining force. Now she is back and better than ever.
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