Juventus has bounced back from its darkest period to win its first Scudetto in nine years and 28th overall after Sunday’s 2-0 win at Cagliari secured them the 2011-12 Italian Serie A title.
An early Mirko Vucinic strike following by a 74th-minute Michele Canini own goal helped the Old Lady move four points clear of second-placed AC Milan as they lost 4-2 to Inter Milan with one game to play.
For Juventus, who were stripped of their 2005 and 2006 titles and relegated years ago for its involvement in the match-fixing, have now come full circle with boss Antonio Conte, who played in the club’s last title, celebrating the incredible triumph.
“It is a fantastic sensation. We are really happy, the lads deserved it and it’s an honour to win it,” Conte said.
“Milan was a very strong adversary. I realised in the run-in that my team still had energy, while they (Milan) were a bit tired.”
Juventus remain unbeaten for the 2011-12 campaign with one game to play, at home to Atalanta and Conte added: “To finish the league unbeaten would be something historic.”
Club legend Alessandro Del Piero, in his final season at Juventus, added: “Today we are celebrating a title that everyone deserved and I am happy to have contributed.
“I start every year to win, sometimes it doesn’t happen, but what happened today rewards me for so many years, starting from 2006. In two weeks we have another game we want to win.
“I’ve experienced my story here very well, with great enthusiasm and happiness. I just want to smile and that’s it. There’s time to talk about the rest. This title has even more value also because of the year we spent in Serie B. I will celebrate it to the max because each win has a special taste.”
Meanwhile, Milan boss Max Allegri conceded Juve deserved the Scudetto.
“It’s hard to weigh up our season immediately after this game. Milan fought until the end, Juventus deserved it,” Allegri said. “We have to start again next year and fight like we have done this year.”