Antonio Conte praised his Juventus side for fighting back to beat Cagliari and set a new record, as “everyone puts in the performance of their lives against us.”
The Bianconeri were trailing last night and missed a penalty with Arturo Vidal, but Alessandro Matri’s brace and Mirko Vucinic secured a late 3-1 victory.
“Juventus responded very well,” said the Coach. “In the first half Gigi Buffon performed one save and they had a penalty but that was all.
“Everyone puts in the performance of their lives against us and are eager to prove a point, as shown by the fact at the end all the Cagliari players had cramp.
“Vidal didn’t perform to his usual standards in the first half, but fought back after the break despite the missed penalty. He is someone I will always bring with me if going into war.
“My scream at the goal? That summed up everything that took us to this point. I above all must thank the lads. This was not easy, but a great show of our strength and maturity.”
That result not only confirms Juve are Winter Champions, but also means they amassed 94 points in the calendar year – more than any other Serie A club in history. The previous record was also held by Juve under Fabio Capello with 93 points in 2005.
“You just need to think back to what a wonderful squad that was to understand how exceptional our year has been. The rest is all talk.”
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