Prandelli hails Champions Juve

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has congratulated Juventus after the Turin giants clinched their 30th league title.

Last Updated: 05/05/14 at 19:24 Post Comment

Cesare Prandelli: Full of praise for Juventus

Cesare Prandelli: Full of praise for Juventus

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has congratulated Juventus after the Turin giants clinched their 30th league title with three games to spare.

Second-place Roma crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Catania on Sunday to seal the scudetto for Juve, who have collected 93 points in 35 games.

"My compliments go to Juventus, to (club coach Antonio) Conte and to their players," Prandelli said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "They really deserved to win and have done so despite having the added pressure to succeed."

Juve have lost just twice all season and have won all of their games at home to clinch a third straight scudetto - the first time the Bianconeri have achieved the feat.

Former Italy and Juventus striker Gianluca Vialli has also applauded his former team-mate Conte and the players.

"Talent is enough to win once," Vialli said to the La Repubblica newspaper. "But in order to win again, you need character.

"To win three titles in a row, you have to be monstrous! Talent alone is not enough to make you monstrous.

"The club directors, the coach, the history of Juventus, training and the unity within the camp have all been key for this achievement. Consistency is everything.

"I said at the beginning of the season that for Juve to win a third successive scudetto, it would take Conte's best team yet and that's what ended up happening.

"Juve have been pushed as Roma have been fantastic but I repeat, Juve have been monstrous."

Prandelli also paid tribute to Roma, who won nine games on the trot prior to Sunday's defeat but could not stop the scudetto from travelling to Turin.

"We have to thank Roma and their coach (Rudi) Garcia," Prandelli said. "They have played beautiful football this season and like Juve, they play an interesting style of football."


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