Juventus underlined their title credentials with a 3-2 victory over Roma on Sunday in the latest indication that the champions are set to retain their crown.
A Carlos Tevez brace and a late winner from Leonardo Bonucci ensured the Old Lady won a sixth successive game and ended Roma’s own unbeaten start in the process.
Having amassed a stunning 102 points last term, Massimiliano Allegri’s men could beat last season’s record and waltz to a fourth consecutive Scudetto.
Sunday’s late winner meant Juventus have now won a league record 22 straight games at home, but the visit of Rudi Garcia’s side was expected to see that fine run end.
Gervinho and Juan Iturbe were particularly marvellous, but the Old Lady held firm with Tevez to the fore.
The Argentine netted twice from the penalty spot, with Roma now having to make up ground again for the second time in two years.
What would have made the victory even sweeter were the performances of Andrea Pirlo – who has been linked with a move to the MLS outfit La Galaxy – and Claudio Marchisio who thrived in the absence of Manchester United target Arturo Vidal.
The Chilean bulldozer has long been linked with a move to Louis Van Gaal’s side, but the performances of Marchisio, Pirlo and Paul Pogba show the Turin outfit can continue to run seamlessly in his absence.
Roma now face a huge challenge to lift a first Scudetto since 2001 after yet another defeat against their title rivals.
Juventus beat them 3-0 and 1-0 last term and despite Garcia’s men finally breaching their resilient defence, they will have been left disheartened to leave the contest with nothing.
With Gervinho, Iturbe and fellow starlets Mattia Destro and Kevin Strootman to return, last year’s runners-up still have a squad capable of challenging for the games major domestic gong, but the way the champions stormed to the title last year will have fans fearing the worst.
Garcia’s men are still considered as dark horses for the Champions League – Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City came off the back of a 5-1 thumping of CSKA Moscow – but the title would be another giant step towards the chairs of the world’s superpowers.
Despite AC Milan recruiting Diego Lopez, Fernando Torres and Jeremy Menez in the summer, Filipo Inzaghi’s side have already dropped points and securing European football is the realistic aim over at the San Siro.
The same could be set for Walter Mazzarri’s Inter Milan, who have endured a difficult start and slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Fiorentina on Sunday evening.
Roma are the only side in with a true chance of dethroning Juventus at the summit of Italian football, but the Old Lady now look unlikely to relinquish their championship any time soon.
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