Juventus ‘concentrating’ on Europe

The Bianconeri clinched their fourth successive scudetto with four games to spare last weekend with a 1-0 home triumph over Sampdoria.

It was their first title under coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Juve then won 2-1 over Real Madrid on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Turin.

If they go on to reach the European final it will be the first time they have done so since the 2002-03 campaign, and the players are full of confidence.

“Each year, it’s always difficult to repeat the achievements,” Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio said to the Italian media. “But with new additions, we built an important group.

“Every season, you have to find new motivation regardless of which coach is in charge.

“To have won the scudetto allows us to concentrate on the Champions League.”

Juve are 15 points clear of nearest rivals Roma in the standings and have yet to lose at home this season.

Allegri is expected to rest his top players in view of next week’s crunch game in Spain, although Paul Pogba is set to return to action on Saturday.

The French midfielder has been sidelined since March 18 with a hamstring injury but is likely to play some minutes against 18th-placed Cagliari.