Juve look to bury Ajax misery with Serie A crown

Afp, Milan

20 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Juventus turn the page on yet another Champions League disappointment as they focus on sealing an eighth consecutive Serie A title at home on Saturday.

Juve host Fiorentina needing just one point to lift the Scudetto for a 35th time, days after a shock 2-1 defeat (3-2 on aggregate) to Ajax. The Turin giants have won the Scudetto more than any other team 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 quarter-final games against Ajax not enough.

“He was sad. He would have liked to get to the final but it will be for the next time.” his mother Dolores Aveiro told the Portuguese press.

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.