Juventus host Bologna in a final title push on Saturday which could see them crowned Serie A champions for a record- extending seventh straight time by the end of the weekend.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side need six points from their final three games to secure the Scudetto but could seal another crown if they beat Bologna and second-place Napoli lose at Torino on Sunday.
Allegri has urged his players not to lose focus after last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 comeback against Inter Milan put them in the driving seat as Napoli lost 3-0 to Fiorentina, just a week after the euphoria of beating the champions.
“We’ve won nothing yet,” warned Allegri.
With home games against Bologna and Verona to come either side of a difficult trip to Rome, the title looks like Juventus’s to lose with Napoli having no room to manoeuvre in their final three games against Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone.
While Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio, stalwarts since Juventus began their dominant run in 2012, are used to success it would be the first title for winger Federico Bernardeschi and defender Benedikt Howedes.
“It is a fundamental match,” said Italian Bernardeschi.
“Winning Serie A would be my first major title, I’ve previously won the German Cup and German Supercup with Schalke 04 but never a league title,” added Howedes, who has started to settle into the team after an injury-marred debut to the season.
“The club’s slogan is ‘Fino Alla Fine’, and this is perfect because we’ve had a lot of games this season where we’ve been up against it, but we’ve stuck it out and struck right at the end. We never give up.”