Juventus are Seria A champions once again. The Turin club claimed their ninth straight title in Italy on Sunday after a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring late in the first half after an impressive assist from Miralem Pjanic, while Federico Bernardeschi sealed the win with a goal in 67th minute. Juve’s job was made even easier ten minutes later when Sampdoria’s midfielder Morten Thorsby received a yellow card.
The victory put Juve seven points clear ahead of their closest rival Inter Milan with only two games left to be played in 2019/20 Seria A season.
Juventus’ run of nine consecutive domestic league titles is among the best in Europe and parried only by Scottish giants Celtic and Bulgarian powerhouse Ludogorets. Juve also extended their Seria A trophies record to 36, double than its closest followers Milan and Inter Milan.
“This championship has a particular flavor, certainly a strong one,” said manager Maurizio Sarri. “Winning is difficult, this team has been won for many years, and therefore every year it becomes more difficult.”
Juventus now looks to turn their attention to UEFA Champions League, where they haven’t had so much success in recent decades. They are scheduled to play the second leg of their round-of-16 matchup against Lyon in early August. The first match ended with a 1-0 victory for Lyon.