Milan: Juventus turn the page on yet another Champions League disappointment as they focus on sealing an eighth consecutive Italian league title at home on Saturday.
Massimiliano Alle-gri’s side host Fiorentina needing just one more point to win the Scudetto for a 35th time, days after a shock 1-2 defeat (2-3 on aggregate) to Ajax.
The Turin giants have won the Scudetto more than any other team in Italy with AC Milan and Inter Milan trailing second best with 18 each.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will have to settle for a Serie ‘A’ title in his first season in Italy after missing out on a sixth Champions League title. The 34-year-old was inconsolable after the defeat to Ajax and has remained silent on social media since, with his spectacular hat-trick in the last 16 against Atletico Madrid, and two diving headers over two quarterfinal games against Ajax not enough.
Juventus can equal the record for the earliest the title has been won with five games to spare achieved by Torino in 1948, Fiorentina in 1956 and Inter Milan in 2007.
Juventus have won their last seven home Serie ‘A’ matches against Fiorentina, but coach Vincenzo Montella will be looking for a surprise on his return to the Tuscany hotseat.
Fiorentina have gone eight games without a win and have slipped to tenth, 13 points off the Europa League places.
“I expect a fierce Juve after their elimination from the Champions League, like all the great teams they are used to turning the page and starting again quickly,” said Montella.
“We will, however, go without fear,” the Fiorentina coach added.