Bianconeri Secure an Unprecedented 9th Straight Scudetto
Bianconeri are the champions of Italy, again. Having recently celebrated 3,000 consecutive days as Serie A champions, Juventus topped Sampdoria 2-0 to make it 9 titles in a row. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s first half strike put the leaders ahead, before Federico Bernardeschi sealed the victory in the 67th minute. This is the 36th time that Juventus have been crowned the champions of Italy.
Defender Leornardo Bonucci admitted that it had been quite difficult for the team to adopt to the playing tactics brought by the new manager Maurizio Sarri. But, the suffering was worth it in the end because they have once again been crowned champions.
“This season was the most beautiful and difficult title of all,” said Bonucci.
“We struggled to interpret the coach’s instructions at times … We started on a new journey with a lot of scepticism around us but we kept giving everything, despite a few slip-ups.”
“It’s been a complicated year for everyone,” he added. “It has been tough to re-start the championship without the spectators and it was difficult to get going again after so many months without playing.
“It’s the most beautiful because we wanted it and we suffered for it.”
The manager admitted that there was some difficulties in getting the team to adopt to his playing style, mainly because of the exceptional individual talent available in the locker room.
“Winning is hard and every year it gets more complicated,” said Sarri after Sunday’s win.
“Taking something for granted in sport is one of the biggest mistakes you can make and for this group it was certainly not a walk in the park.”
“You have to tiptoe in and slowly change the things you like least. It’s not like you can just walk into a club that has been winning for eight years and change things, that would not be clever.”
“However, as the months went by, I got to know the people I was coaching, not just the professionals.”
Despite not playing vintage football, the Bianconeri managed to secure the league title with two games to spare. Ronaldo with 31 goals is in the race to win the golden boot.