Allegri's "mad idea" ensures another Serie A title for Juve


Allegri's "mad idea" ensures another Serie A title for Juve

Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro scored the goals in a 3-0 win over Crotone that completed the second leg of a prospective treble after the Bianconeri clinched a third straight Coppa Italia on Wednesday.

Croatia global Mandzukic, celebrating his 31st birthday, nearly gave Juve a 2-0 lead before Fabio Sampirisi toe-poked the ball away from the big forward as he teed up.

Juventus won their sixth Serie A title in a row on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Crotone that means they can not be caught by Roma or Napoli.

Ahead of their final game at Bologna next week, Juve are now four points ahead of their closest challengers.

The reigning champions needed only a point in their last outing against Roma to guarantee a sixth title in a row, but a 3-1 defeat forced them to postpone the celebrations.

Luciano Spalletti's side won 5-3 in a thrilling game at Chievo on Saturday, while Napoli trounced Fiorentina 4-1 to keep the title race alive.

They're also the first team in history to take home six consecutive titles, sitting at the top from the 2011-12 season up to present day.

Juventus- the Italian football champions
GIORGIO PEROTTINO REUTERS Juventus- the Italian football champions

"We've claimed our first trophy of the season, now we want the second", Allegri said after seeing Juventus become the first Italian team to win three successive Cup finals, two of which came under his watch.

"But right now, the most important thing is to play, and win, the final in Cardiff (against Real Madrid)".

The defence, centred on Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, remained one of the stingiest in European football and when all else failed, there was always 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who had another outstanding season.

Victories against Pescara and Udinese in their last two outings had given the Calabrian club renewed hope, but there was never any realistic chance of them stunning the champions, who bossed proceedings from the outset.

Having wrapped up the championship and clinched their third consecutive Italian Cup over the last few days, Juve's focus must now turn to their Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid on June 3.

Gerard Deulofeu volleyed in from Matias Fernandez's pass, Keisuke Honda curled in a free kick and Gianluca Lapadula completed the scoring in stoppage time.

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