With the Serie A title decided today, my sincere congratulations go to Juventus, well deserved champions of Italy once again. I must confess myself to be not particularly unhappy with this result. I became used to cheering for Juve while growing up with them as the best Italian hope in the Champions League for many years. Willing them on to European success on so many occasions led to the development of a wee soft spot for la vecchia signora. In any event, I certainly prefer them to Berlusconi’s Milan.
For former Roma players Mirko Vučinić and Marco Borriello too, I am genuinely pleased that they have managed to taste scudetto success even if it couldn’t be with the giallorossi.
As well as handing the title to their nemesis from Turin, today’s victory by Inter in the Milan Derby also put Roma fans out of our misery at long last. It is now mathematically impossible for us to qualify for European competition in any way, shape or form. This has merely confirmed what most tifosi have known for weeks. Despite the points gap being pretty small, the quality of the Lupi’s play had been steadily deteriorating, not improving.
I will write a proper post-mortem on Roma’s season sometime soon, but until then, I will leave you with my favourite Juventus moment. The 1996 Champions League Final. Assisted on the pitch by current coach Antonio Conte and one of my all-time favourite players, Fabrizio Ravanelli, they defeated Ajax on penalties at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico to lift Auld Big Ears for the second time in their history.
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