Antonio Conte believes his record-breaking Juventus side will remain on the lips of many for years to come.
The 44-year-old, who lifted his third consecutive Scudetto trophy this afternoon at Juventus Stadium, admitted his own surprise at the Bianconeri’s rampant march towards title glory, before paying tribute to those who enabled a glorious new chapter in the club’s history books to be penned on an unforgettable day in Turin.
Speaking to the media after the 3-0 win over Cagliari, Conte said: “I didn’t think we’d be capable of reaching such a high tally of points. Our target was winning a third consecutive Scudetto and we focused on that. Once we achieved it we tried to reach this incredible haul.
"The guys have been special up until now, but they’ve surpassed themselves and what they’ve done is truly extraordinary. I’ll never stop thanking them.
“Now we’ll all celebrate together because we’ve achieved a historic goal, toppling record after record: 102 points, 19 wins from 19 at home, the best attack and best defence. People will be speaking about this Juventus side for a long time to come.”
The Bianconeri boss attributes his team’s success to their unquenchable thirst for victory, a point proved by their impeccable finish to the season despite wrapping up the title with three games to spare.
“We had strong rivals in Roma but managed to maintain our ferocious mentality, continuing to win even when we had achieved Scudetto success. Only a special group would have been able to pull it off.”
While always quick to hail the strength of the group collective, Conte did find time to credit one particular individual for his positive influence in the dressing room.
He concluded: “It would be wrong to name just one player, but if I really had to, I would say Rubinho. He’s played very little over these three years, but always had a word of encouragement for everyone, even in the knowledge that he’d have little opportunity for game time.”