We will arrive in Rome with the Scudetto already won, three weeks ago. Compared to the tradition we are ahead of the times, because on three occasions, we won the Scudetto at the Olimpico against the Giallorossi, but this time, the mathematical certainty has already arrived. In a recent case, on the other hand, the trip to the capital has contributed to the achievement of a record.
Roma-Juve: a history of Scudetti
The Scudetto of 1972/73, number 15, was an emotional one. Juventus arrive in the capital behind Milan and level on points with Lazio. To win the famous tricolor badge on the jersey, there is a need for a series of concurrent results. At the end of the first half, the news is positive: the leaders are experiencing a defeat in what will go down in history as ‘the fatal Verona’, while Lazio is all level at the San Paolo in Naples. The problem, though, is that Juventus are losing 1-0 due to a goal from Spadoni. After the break, however, everything changes: the Old Lady draws level through Altafini and in the final moments of the game through Cuccureddu, who slotted the ball into the net to surpass Milan in the standings.
Even the 18th Scudetto arrived at the Olimpico, but this time the situation is a bit more calm. Juventus only needed a draw to win the title with a game to go. The operation is a success. The first half is sees Juventus go into the break with a lead courtesy of a goal from Bettega. After the break, Di Bartolomei scored the goal to draw level. The game ends 1-1 but nothing changes at the end, the visitors celebrate in the changing room, where the party will be repeated on the field seven days later at the Comunale against Paolo Rossi’s Vicenza.
Forty years later, the script is repeated. Once again in the penultimate match day of the season, a draw is needed to confine Napoli to a point distance that’s unobtainable. Allegri’s team enter into the game with emotions running high the closer they got to the final whistle. The 0-0 draw sees the Old Lady secure their seventh consecutive Scudetto.
Let’s go one step back to the 2013-14 season. Roma is the final away game of the season for the Bianconeri. In the home of the team that had been chasing their dream of securing silverware, Juve arrive already a champion of Italy, but there is one precise objective: to win in order to reach 99 points and move one step closer in securing the record of 102 points in a season at their own home ground. Against the Giallorossi, Storari, the author of great saves, turns out to be decisive; then, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Osvaldo scored a classic goal against his former club with a conclusion that exceeds Skorupski.