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Saturday 21 September 2019

Allegri hails Juve's eighth successive title

ITALIAN JOB: Ronaldo. Pic: Reuters
ITALIAN JOB: Ronaldo. Pic: Reuters

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri hailed the unrelenting effort of his side after a 2-1 win over Fiorentina delivered an eighth successive Serie A title.

Celebrations had been put on hold following the unexpected loss at SPAL, which was followed by the disappointment of a midweek Champions League exit against Ajax.

After falling behind to Nikola Milenkovic's sixth-minute strike and then seeing another goal from Giovanni Simeone ruled out for offside, Juve finally got themselves back on course.

Alex Sandro's diving header from a corner levelled things up before half-time, with German Pezzella then putting a low cross from Cristiano Ronaldo into his own net as Juve turned the match around.

Allegri was sprayed with foam on the pitch as well as being given a celebratory dunk in the team bath following Juve's achievement, which is unmatched among the top five leagues in Europe.

The 51-year-old becomes the first coach to win five consecutive Serie A titles, and with six in total the former AC Milan boss is the second most successful after Giovanni Trapattoni. Allegri said: "The eighth scudetto won with five matches to play shows the importance of what has been done. In previous years we had some downturns, but this season, given also our fixture list, we had to put down the accelerator by force."

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, became the first player to win league titles in England, Spain and Italy.

"I am very happy after winning in England and Spain now I win the title also in Italy," he said.

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