Juventus forward Paulo Dybala says it is "a pleasure" to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, suggesting he is happy at the Serie A champions amid rumours about his future.

The 25-year-old has been less prominent for the Bianconeri since the arrival of Ronaldo from Real Madrid last year, though he has missed just seven matches across Serie A and the Champions League this term.

Dybala is enduring his worst scoring season since joining from Palermo in 2015, netting just 10 times in all competitions, and has been linked with clubs like Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Juve legend Marco Tardelli suggested this week the presence of Ronaldo is causing Dybala to "suffer", but the Argentina international expressed his contentment at playing in the same side as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"When we talk about Juve, we're talking about an important club, who have always had great champions," he told Tuttosport.

"Playing alongside them is always a pleasure. It gives me joy and huge satisfaction.

"Of course, I enjoy [playing alongside Ronaldo]. Cristiano's a champion and it's always a pleasure to play with guys like him. Ronaldo makes things that are very difficult actually seem easy."

Juventus wrapped up an eighth successive Serie A title triumph on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.

Gennaro Gattuso has rejected surprise speculation he could take charge of Newcastle United.

AC Milan coach Gattuso this month rubbished claims of a potential move to Serie A rivals Roma.

But the former Italy midfielder has now emerged as a reported target for Premier League side Newcastle.

Media in Italy claimed he held a meeting with agent Jorge Mendes, with a possible switch to Newcastle on the agenda.

Newcastle have been led to Premier League safety by Rafael Benitez once more, but his contract expires at the end of the season.

Should Benitez leave Newcastle, Gattuso says it will not be him who succeeds the Spaniard.

"With Mendes we often see each other," Gattuso said to Rai Sport. "I like good food and talking about football.

"Newcastle? Unfounded rumours. I repeat, with Mendes there is only one great friendship."

Mendes has close links to Wolves, helping to bring Portuguese players including Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho to Molineux.

Milan, meanwhile, are in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification having won only one of their past six Serie A games.

Gattuso's side, fourth in the table, host Lazio in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday, the first game having ended goalless.

"The past is the past, we look to the present. We are playing a very important game," Gattuso told Milan TV of facing Lazio.

"It will not be easy. In the first leg we did a lot of work, we're starting from 0-0, we'll see. For us it would be very important to reach the final, but we will need to work and have a great performance.

"Tired? Just like we are, so are the others. It's a tiring campaign. Tomorrow we will be in front of a great crowd, it's a beautiful spot for Italian football and we'll try to make a good impression. We are thinking only of the game."

Luciano Spalletti described Inter's point against Roma as "precious" in their bid for Champions League football even if he concedes the team were not always at their best.

Third-place Inter maintained a six-point gap to Roma in fifth with a 1-1 draw at San Siro on Saturday with Ivan Perisic cancelling out Stephan El Shaarawy's stunner.

And with just five matches remaining, Spalletti hailed the importance of the result.

"I think we could've done better, because we misplaced some passes that should not be allowed at the level of Inter," he told Sky Sport Italia after the draw with his former club. 

"However, overall, a draw is fine and a precious result in the circumstances.

"While attacking a lot, we weren't able to stay organised so a draw is a fair result in the end. 

"For how the game played out, 1-1 can be seen as a good result because Roma tightened up a lot after going ahead and they're dangerous on the break with their players." 

Perisic's headed goal came in an otherwise quiet performance, but Spalletti hailed his game-saving contribution.

"Perisic does that sometimes, he has the chance to push forward, but turns and goes backwards instead," he added. 

"He is a very useful player, strong in the air and always dangerous at the back post, which is a necessary skill against a physical side like Roma."

Roma are just a point shy of fourth-place AC Milan as the race for the Champions League threatens to go to the final day and boss Claudio Ranieri believes a point was a fair result.

"We came here trying to win, which is what I always want from my teams," he said. 

"We could've countered better in the second half, as we were too pinned back and on three or four occasions Inter were smart to foul and stop us getting up the other end."

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri said success does not come by chance after guiding the Italian giants to an eighth successive Serie A title.

Saturday's 2-1 victory over Fiorentina extended Juve's domestic dominance with five rounds remaining – a streak dating back to 2011.

Allegri has claimed five successive Scudetto honours since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014, however, he has been criticised for Juve's failure in Europe.

Juve – who have finished runners-up in the Champions League twice under Allegri amid their drought which goes back to 1996 – were eliminated by Ajax in the quarter-finals this season.

Discussing his critics, Allegri told reporters: "That's part of the game and it has to be accepted because it could also be stimulating.

"What I say, well rather than say I think, is that first of all I grew up trying to stay close to the best. And then I never criticised somebody who achieved a result or that did important things, in business or as a manager and stuff like that.

"Everybody has their own methods. But the objective must be achieved. And therefore you cannot criticise. You can like or dislike somebody, but you cannot criticise somebody this way.

"One doesn't win by chance, one doesn't lead a business to make a €1billion or €500million if he is a moron. That's what I mean. But unfortunately, in order to think stuff like that, you mustn't be a chicken."

Allegri continued: "Things like this are beautiful because when I arrived here, in my first year, after the first Scudetto and then the second... winning five in a row wasn't easy, it was very hard. Some here even won eight, the club and some players.

"Today is a beautiful day, first of all because this way tomorrow [Sunday] we'll have a happy Easter. I put aside the elimination of Tuesday, which brought us disappointment and sadness. Luckily, we've had this game after three days, so important that it let us close the league."

Meanwhile, Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved added: "Managing such a long winning streak is not difficult, but practically impossible.

"We achieved something no one can repeat in football history. In Italy it is really hard to win the Serie A. We did it more times with great players and great managers hungry for victories as the Juventus mind impose. Compliments to the club because it is very hard to win all these trophies."

Massimiliano Allegri set his sights on building a better Juventus after reasserting his intention to remain in charge of the freshly minted Serie A champions.

Juve secured an eighth straight Scudetto and fifth in succession under head coach Allegri with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday.

Alex Sandro's header and German Pezzella's own goal gave rise to long foreseen celebrations at Allianz Stadium and eased some of the pain of Tuesday's surprise Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax.

No Serie A side has ever sealed the silverware in quicker fashion and the mastermind of the latest triumph quickly turned his attention to plotting the way forward.

"We'll enjoy our Easter meal and after that I'll sit down with the president and the club," Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

"I'm sure I'll stay with Juventus. I have a year left on my contract but we haven't sat down about that yet.

"It's not a question of the contract, but of our plans for the future.

"Juventus will create a team that can win but evaluation on how to improve still has to happen, as has been the case for the last five years."

The ex-AC Milan boss also defended the injured Paulo Dybala's contribution in what has been the least prolific of his four seasons in Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival has heavily curbed 25-year-old Dybala's prominence, but Allegri insisted the rumoured Real Madrid target's influence has been understated.

"Dybala's season was good, especially until January," he said.

"We played many games with him, Ronaldo and Mandzukic. Ronaldo is a goal scorer, just look at the game against Ajax. Next to him you need a striker with different characteristics and Dybala connected the play and worked a lot.

"If you play with three players who stay in front of the ball, the [rest of the team] will tire and when this happens you get in trouble."

Ivan Perisic cancelled out Stephan El Shaarawy's stunner as Inter protected their six-point lead over Roma in a 1-1 draw at San Siro on Saturday.

Victory for either side would have given a new complexion to the scramble for top-four places but the Nerazzurri did neighbours AC Milan a favour by eking out a well-earned draw.

Croatia international Perisic netted seven minutes after Mauro Icardi's second-half introduction to hold Claudio Ranieri's men, who took an early lead through playmaker El Shaarawy's 14th-minute arrow.

Roma's inability to see out the result means they remain a point adrift of the fourth-placed Rossoneri, who earlier settled for the same scoreline at Parma.

Lautaro Martinez replaced the benched Icardi in attack and forced Antonio Mirante to turn a header against the upright in the eighth minute.

Perisic fluffed the follow-up to that chance and soon received a lesson in composure from El Shaarawy, who cut inside two defenders and brilliantly fired beyond Samir Handanovic.

Federico Fazio then produced a crucial last-ditch challenge on Matias Vecino, before Danilo D'Ambrosio nodded wide at close range.

Inter were given a reprieve of their own after the restart when Lorenzo Pellegrini failed to find the target at the end of a quick break.

Ex-Giallorossi boss Luciano Spalletti turned to Icardi in the 54th minute but it was an unmarked Perisic restoring parity in the 61st minute, making amends for his earlier miss by heading in D'Ambrosio's cross.

Martinez volleyed over with the chance to add a quickfire second and the spoils were shared after Inter captain Handanovic parried away Aleksandar Kolarov's late opportunity, the left-back stumbling under a nudge by Keita Balde.


What does it mean? Nerazzurri preserve status quo

Inter took a handy lead over Roma into this match but, with Juventus their next opponents, knew they had to avoid defeat to stay in pole position for third spot.

A draw will do, even if the time they spent in the attacking third might have warranted more than a point.

Fazio unfazed against Inter attack

Greater responsibility fell on the experienced Fazio's shoulders following defensive partner Kostas Manolas' pre-match withdrawal.

The 32-year-old stepped up for Roma, marking his 100th appearance with a performance that included 10 clearances, while little blame for the equaliser can be apportioned to a player who was busy grappling with Icardi.

Cengiz underperforms 

There is no doubting Cengiz Under's ability as a player but this was not his most memorable match.

The talented attacking midfielder made just eight passes and lost each of his six duels before being replaced by Nicolo Zaniolo at half-time.

What's next?

Inter entertain freshly minted Scudetto winners Juventus next Saturday, the same day as Roma's clash with Cagliari at Stadio Olimpico.

Cristiano Ronaldo declared himself pleased with his "very good first season" at Juventus after helping his side to the Serie A title.

The 34-year-old joined Juve from Real Madrid last year in a deal worth €112million and has marked his debut campaign at the Allianz Stadium by scoring 26 goals in all competitions, 19 of those in the league.

Despite the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's arrival in Turin, Juve fell short in the Champions League once again as they suffered a shock quarter-final loss to Ajax this week.

Ronaldo sees 2018-19 as a successful campaign overall, though, capped by confirmation of an eighth Scudetto in succession with Saturday's 2-1 win over Fiorentina, adding to their Supercoppa Italiana triumph against AC Milan in January.

"In my opinion, it was a very good first season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is certainly not easy to achieve," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"It was a year of success, we are happy. You can't win all the time. We felt that we could do more, and we wanted to win, but only one side can win the Champions League.

"Next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we. It is an important trophy, but it's difficult to get there in this tournament. It's a positive group and I believe it has been a good season."

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus a second reason to celebrate their Serie A title triumph as he confirmed he is "1,000 per cent" staying at the club.

Juve beat Fiorentina 2-1 at home on Saturday to sew up an eighth successive Scudetto and first for their superstar forward.

The extension of domestic dominance goes some way to justifying the Bianconeri's massive €112million outlay for the now 34-year-old, who joined from Real Madrid 

Some discussion over whether that investment was worthwhile emerged after the club's Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax and subsequent reports indicated their talismanic attacker could look for a new challenge after just a single season in Turin.

But, after becoming the first player to win each of Serie A, LaLiga and the Premier League, Ronaldo dismissed all doubt about his future.

"I'm very happy," Ronaldo told DAZN.

"First of all for winning the Scudetto and then for being the first player to win the Premier League, LaLiga and Serie A.

"We were not able to win the Champions League, but we will do better next year."

Asked directly if he will be at the club next season, Ronaldo responded: "1,000 per cent."

The Portugal international played a significant role in leading the Bianconeri to an insurmountable lead with five games to spare, netting 19 goals in his 27 league appearances.

Juventus have won the Serie A title for an eighth successive season after a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been dominant pacesetters for much of the campaign and a dramatic triumph over AC Milan earlier in April put them on the brink.

Napoli's subsequent draw at home to Genoa delayed the Bianconeri's celebrations by another week, while a defeat at SPAL that saw Allegri rest players for their Champions League quarter-final with Ajax - which Juve lost 3-2 on aggregate - extended the wait.

And it looked as though the party would be spoiled once again when La Viola took an early lead through Nikola Milenkovic at the Allianz Stadium, before Juve turned the match around via Alex Sandro and German Pezzella's own goal.

Juve's clinching of the title rounds off a hugely impressive season domestically, having dropped points in just five matches.

Allegri's side have sealed the Scudetto with five games still to play, making it one of the earliest title triumphs in history across Europe's big five leagues - and a joint-record in Italy's top flight.

Cristiano Ronaldo has undoubtedly been key to their success, having scored 19 Serie A goals from just 27 appearances, while he was rested for Juve's two defeats this season, against Genoa and SPAL.

The Portugal superstar was a surprise arrival from Real Madrid in a €112million deal last year and his transition to Italian football has been almost seamless.

Juve's eighth straight title has looked a formality for much of the campaign, particularly considering they beat closest challengers Napoli home and away.

It may still not be enough for Allegri to retain his position, however, with the surprise home defeat to Ajax ensuring the club's wait for a first Champions League triumph since 1996 goes on.

Allegri has now had five attempts at clinching European club football's biggest prize, reaching the final twice, though speculation is sure to continue as to whether Juve's patience with their head coach will remain intact.  

When Cristiano Ronaldo made his €112million transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus in July 2018 at the age of 33, some questioned whether he would be able to match the spectacular form he sustained for nine seasons in the Spanish capital.

The five-time Ballon d'Or-winning forward started slowly, failing to find the net in Serie A until mid-September when he hit a brace in Juve's 2-1 victory over Sassuolo, but he then scored consistently to strengthen the Bianconeri's successful defence of the Scudetto.

Further braces followed against Empoli, Sampdoria and Parma before the Portugal international scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 Champions League round-of-16 victory over his old rivals Atletico Madrid.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri has rotated Douglas Costa, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala in his three-man attack while Moise Kean has made a late-season breakthrough but, when fit, Ronaldo is the first name on the team-sheet.

Juve's 2-1 win against Fiorentina on Saturday secured an eighth successive Scudetto for Juve, and Opta data shows just how important Ronaldo has been to that triumph as he closed in on 600 club goals.

 

Ronaldo's goals have earned the most points for a team in Serie A this season (16 points with 19 goals).

The forward is the first player in Serie A history to score for his team in nine straight away games in a single season (10 goals in the period).

Ronaldo has scored four braces in Serie A this season, three of those at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve's star man has scored against 13 different teams in this Serie A campaign.

The former Manchester United superstar has scored the most goals (12) in the last half hour of Serie A matches this season.

Ronaldo is the player to have attempted the most total shots (165) in Serie A this season.

No player has recorded more shots on target in Serie A this season than Ronaldo (65).

For the eighth year in a row Juventus are the champions of Serie A, but their latest triumph may be their most impressive yet.

The competition has been simply obliterated, with Juve beaten only twice in the league this season as Cristiano Ronaldo rested up at Genoa and SPAL.

Napoli, the closest of the other contenders, have been unable to match Juve's searing pace and, despite having six matches still to play, their title hopes are already over after a 2-1 comeback win over Fiorentina crowned Juve again.

Ronaldo's arrival from Real Madrid might not have delivered the intended results in the Champions League, but it appears to have inspired Juve to new heights domestically.

Eight straight Scudetti sets a new record in Europe's top-five leagues, outrstripping Lyon's seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles between 2001-02 and 2007-08, while no Serie A club has ever sealed the deal with more than Juve's five games remaining.

Omnisport takes a look at six of the fastest triumphs across the continent since the start of the 21st century, when league success has not necessarily coincided with European glory.

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bayern lead the way in the Bundesliga having claimed the 2013-14 title after just 27 matchdays. Pep Guardiola's first season in charge of the Bavarian giants was a roaring success, Bayern also claiming the DFB-Pokal, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Mario Mandzukic, now playing a key role for Juve, led the way with 18 Bundesliga goals and Bayern only lost twice in the top flight. A 5-0 aggregate thrashing by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals marred their season, though.

Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain

There were still eight rounds of games to go when PSG won the Ligue 1 title in 2015-16 under Laurent Blanc. Indeed, they could have sealed the league even earlier having been unbeaten in their first 27 matches of the campaign before suffering a 2-1 loss away to Lyon at the end of February. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an amazing 50 goals in all competitions but there was European disappointment for PSG, too, after being edged out 3-2 on aggregate by Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. 

 

Premier League: Manchester United, Manchester City

Two clubs have won the Premier League with five games still to play this century: Manchester United and their rivals Manchester City. United cruised to glory in the 2000-01 season under Alex Ferguson, losing only twice before the end of March, although they ended the campaign limply with three consecutive defeats. United reached the last eight of the Champions League but found Bayern too strong.

City smashed a series of records in crushing the competition last term, as they also won the league with five games remaining - denied the outright Premier League best mark when United won a dramatic Manchester derby 3-2. Guardiola's City racked up 100 points, finished 19 clear of United and boasted a stunning goal difference of +79. There was more European disappointment for Guardiola, though, with a 3-0 loss at Anfield setting up a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.

 

LaLiga: Barcelona

Guardiola's former club Barcelona are on track to win the league again this term, having had four games remaining when they secured the title under Ernesto Valverde last season. They sealed the double by collecting the Copa del Rey, demolishing Sevilla 5-0 in a marvellous display that marked Andres Iniesta's farewell. But Barca were on the wrong end of one of the great Champions League comebacks, contriving to exit at the quarter-final stage to Roma by losing 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, having won the first leg 4-1 at home.

Serie A: Inter

Prior to Juve's success this term, Inter's 2006-07 triumph under Roberto Mancini was out in front as the quickest Scudetto secured, with the Nerazzurri having five games in hand. Inter did not lose until mid-April, going down 3-1 at home to Roma in their only league defeat of the season. They also reached the final of the Coppa Italia, again losing to Roma after a stunning 6-2 first-leg defeat. As is the case with all the other record-holders mentioned above, Inter underperformed in Europe, with Valencia knocking them out of the Champions League in the round of 16.

Juventus became Serie A champions for the eighth successive season by beating Fiorentina 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Success looked a formality for much of the campaign for Massimiliano Allegri's men, as they were once more far and away the best team in Italy and Napoli could not exert as much pressure as last term.

Just two league defeats - Cristiano Ronaldo was rested in last weekend's loss to SPAL and also when they lost their unbeaten run at Genoa in March - meant Napoli's hopes of clawing back a double-figure deficit had long since disappeared.

Allegri's side clinched the Scudetto with five matches to play, levelling the record for the fastest title triumph in Serie A history since three points were first awarded for a win in 1994-95.

Omnisport examines the key results in their journey to glory.

 

August 18: Chievo 2-3 Juventus – Ronaldo's difficult debut

For a while, Ronaldo's Serie A bow following a €112million move from Real Madrid looked set to go horribly wrong, as hosts Chievo – who started the season as favourites for the drop – took a 2-1 lead just after half-time back in August. A Mattia Bani own goal 15 minutes from time drew Juve level, though a late winner looked set to desert them when a Ronaldo handball saw VAR rule out a Mario Mandzukic goal. Nevertheless, Federico Bernardeschi won the game in stoppage time to spare the new man's blushes and rescue the champions.

September 29: Juventus 3-1 Napoli – Old Lady make an early statement

It quickly became apparent that, much like last season, if any team was to challenge Juve for the Serie A title it would be Napoli. But their meeting in Turin in September highlighted the gulf between them following Maurizio Sarri's departure from Naples. Although Dries Mertens gave Napoli a 10th-minute lead, a Mandzukic double had Juve ahead just after the break. Mario Rui's sending off only made the visitors' situation more difficult, and Leonardo Bonucci wrapped things up late on to deal an early blow in the title race.

November 11: AC Milan 0-2 Juventus – Ronaldo nets first San Siro goal

While Milan are not the powerhouse they once were, a trip to San Siro rarely represents a straightforward job. Juve's November visit was a gripping one, although it will arguably be better remembered for Gonzalo Higuain's nightmare against his parent club than anything else. The on-loan Rossoneri striker had a penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny following Mandzukic's eighth-minute opener, and he was sent off towards the end for berating the referee, needing several team-mates to escort him off the pitch. Just two minutes earlier, Ronaldo had secured the win with Juve's second.

December 7: Juventus 1-0 Inter – Derby d'Italia win opens 11-point gap

Juve looked certainties to win Serie A yet again as early as December. A hard-fought 1-0 triumph in a tense Derby d'Italia against Inter extended their lead at the summit to 11 points. The ever-reliable Mandzukic was decisive with a header, moving Juve on to 43 points, equalling Paris Saint-Germain's record for the best total after 15 games of a single season in Europe's top five leagues.

December 26: Atalanta 2-2 Juventus – Benched Ronaldo saves the day

Allegri opted to rest Ronaldo for the Boxing Day trip to Atalanta, but the Portugal star ultimately ended up rescuing Juve. A Duvan Zapata double saw the hosts come from behind and take a 2-1 lead early in the second half, with Rodrigo Bentancur receiving his marching orders in the 53rd minute. Ronaldo soon entered from the bench and he levelled with 12 minutes remaining, preserving Juve's unbeaten start to the season.

March 3: Napoli 1 Juventus 2 – Title out of Ancelotti's reach

Napoli were already 13 points adrift of Juve when they met at Stadio San Paolo in March and an away win for Allegri's men effectively put them beyond reach. After goalkeeper Alex Meret was sent off in the 25th minute, Miralem Pjanic curled the resultant free-kick home and Emre Can made it 2-0 just before the break. Pjanic joined Meret in making an early exit following a second booking two minutes after the interval and Jose Callejon pulled one back. Lorenzo Insigne's 84th-minute penalty hit the post, though, compounding a disappointing day for Napoli.

April 6: Juventus 2-1 Milan – Kean keeps his cool

One of the main talking points in world football recently has been the alleged racist abuse suffered by Moise Kean against Cagliari, and Bonucci's suggestion the teenager was partly to blame for it rightly caused a stir. But Kean was once more impressive three days later versus Milan, coming off the bench to score the winner – fittingly after a Bonucci error had initially allowed Krzysztof Piatek to open the scoring. It was not quite enough to seal the title and a shock loss at SPAL delayed the party, but Juve completed the job against Fiorentina.

Juventus swapped Champions League heartbreak for Serie A joy as they sealed the title with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Bundled out of Europe by Ajax in midweek, Massimiliano Allegri's men completed a domestic formality thanks to Alex Sandro's first-half header and a German Pezzella own goal eight minutes after the interval.

One point stood between Juve and an eighth-successive Scudetto and they were made to work for all three following Nikola Milenkovic's surprise sixth-minute opener.

The woodwork twice prevented Federico Chiesa from making life more difficult for the Bianconeri, but they shook off the lethargy in the second half to open an insurmountable lead over second-place Napoli.

Juve's confidence, diminished after their loss to Ajax, ebbed further when Chiesa's cross broke perfectly for midfielder Milenkovic to sweep home.

Fiorentina, in contrast, grew in stature, with a combination of the offside flag and the right post denying Giovanni Simeone and winger Chiesa.

The hosts needed inspiration and Alex Sandro provided it with a diving near-post header from Miralem Pjanic's corner in the 37th minute, yet Fiorentina would have surged ahead again had the crossbar not then kept out Chiesa's thumping strike.

The tension was released soon after the interval. Cristiano Ronaldo found space to the right of goal and defender Pezzella turned the attacker's pass into his own net.

Juve were suddenly emboldened by belief and Pjanic, Ronaldo and Juan Cuadrado all saw shots blocked in quick succession.

Their Portuguese superstar ultimately went unrewarded in his attempts to score his 600th club goal, but that can be put on hold as the Bianconeri uncork the champagne.

What does it mean? Allegri worthy of adulation

Allegri was forced to defend his Juve record following the surprise quarter-final exit to Ajax in the Champions League.

While continental success is still clearly the major prize, the ex-AC Milan boss deserves his share of plaudits for juggling egos and orchestrating the most serene of title triumphs, his sixth overall in Serie A.

Chiesa exudes class

Still just 21, Fiorentina forward Chiesa is again being mentioned in transfer rumours as the off-season approaches.

Suitors will be lining up based on the strength of his performance here, which included forcing the opening goal, two shots that came back off the woodwork, and several more flashes of mesmerising ability.

It came as a major surprise that Vincenzo Montella withdrew his most dangerous player with 24 minutes to play.

Rusty Cuadrado loses his radar

Making a rare start in a season inhibited by fitness issues, the fleet-footed Cuadrado will have only finished this match with a greater sense of personal frustration.

His shooting was wild and rushed, the signs of a player desperate to impress but lacking sharpness.

What's next?

Juve make the trip to Milan for a date with Inter next Saturday.

Fiorentina contest the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final tie against Atalanta - which is evenly poised at 3-3 - on Thursday, before hosting Sassuolo in Serie A the following Monday.

It may seem like a distant era but there was a time when Juventus did not win Serie A.

Massimiliano Allegri has continued the Turin dynasty started by Antonio Conte but long before he moved to Allianz Stadium, he was the mastermind behind the last team other than Juve to claim the Scudetto.

With Rafael Benitez enduring a stuttering start to his time at Inter, who had won the treble the previous season, and Juve still reeling following the Calciopoli scandal, the stage was set for AC Milan.

With a host of star names and a mixture of experience and youth, the Rossoneri ran out worthy winners, sealing the title with a 1-0 win over Brescia on April 23, 2011.

So who were the last team to stop Juventus from winning Serie A? Omnisport takes a look at the XI...
 

GOALKEEPER

Christian Abbiati - With Dida having departed San Siro after a 10-year spell in the summer of 2010, Abbiati emerged from being his long-time deputy to become the number one.

The Italian, who won four caps for his country, spent a total of 18 years at the club and retired in 2016.

RIGHT-BACK

Ignazio Abate - A Milan academy graduate who was brought back to San Siro in 2009 after a series of loan spells and stints at Empoli and Torino. Abate was then an exciting prospect, whose form for the title winners helped him into the Italy team. He is still at the club and has recently featured as a makeshift centre-back.

CENTRE-BACKS

Alessandro Nesta and Thiago Silva - The bedrock of the team, the centre-back pairing combined the guile and experience of Nesta and the dynamism of Thiago Silva, then a very highly regarded centre-back. Nesta, who was 35 at the end of the season, had seen the club's glory days of the mid-00s under Carlo Ancelotti, winning two Champions Leagues. He retired as a Milan player in 2012.

Thiago Silva, meanwhile, was enjoying his second season in Italy after moving from his homeland in Brazil. He also left the club in 2012, signing for Paris Saint-Germain, where he remains today.

LEFT-BACK

Luca Antonini - Another player who had come through the Milan academy and come back after making the grade elsewhere. Antonini's best spell at the club came under Allegri, and he was a regular throughout the Serie A-winning season, before departing in 2013. He retired thre years later.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD

Mark van Bommel, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Kevin-Prince Boateng - Milan had an embarrassment of riches in central midfield. Andrea Pirlo was a regular prior to the arrival of Mark van Bommel from Bayern Munich in January 2011 and the Dutchman became a regular fixture for the remainder of the season.

Gennaro Gattuso was another survivor of the club's highly successful period in the mid-00s. The Italian midfielder had been at San Siro since 1999 and this was the last of his two Serie A titles. He remained at the club for one more season, but this was his last year as a regular. He now coaches Milan.

Another veteran in the centre of the park, Seedorf was approaching a decade of service at San Siro during the title-winning season. Like his fellow midfielder Gattuso, he later coached the first team, during a brief and unsuccessful spell in 2014.

Kevin-Prince Boateng provided the dynamism in midfield and was the crucial link to the attack. Then just 24, the Ghana international won Serie A in his first year at the club but his time in Italy was later blighted by racist abuse. Boateng is now on loan with Barcelona.

STRIKERS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho - After an unhappy year at Barcelona, this was the last of Ibrahimovic's extraordinary eight straight titles in three different countries. He and Robinho were Milan's joint top scorers in Serie A with 14 goals, along with Alexandre Pato. Ibrahimovic went to PSG the following summer, along with Thiago Silva. Robinho scored the goal that eventually sealed the title against Brescia.

SUBSTITUTES

Pirlo was a bit-part player during his last season at Milan. He moved to Juventus that summer and was part of Conte's highly successful Bianconeri side. He, Mathieu Flamini and club captain Massimo Ambrosini were reinforcements in the centre of midfield. Ronaldinho began the season at the club but returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo in January. Antonio Cassano provided four goals. Daniele Bonera and Gianluca Zambrotta were the able defensive replacements.

Juventus have won the Serie A title for an eighth successive season after a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been dominant pacesetters for much of the campaign and a dramatic triumph over AC Milan earlier in April put them on the brink.

Napoli's subsequent draw at home to Genoa delayed the Bianconeri's celebrations by another week, while a defeat at SPAL that saw Allegri rest players for their Champions League quarter-final with Ajax - which Juve lost 3-2 on aggregate - extended the wait.

And it looked as though the party would be spoiled once again when La Viola took an early lead through Nikola Milenkovic at the Allianz Stadium, before Juve turned the match around via Alex Sandro and German Pezzella's own goal.

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