Juventus have proven this season that no champions last forever as they gradually hand over the Scudetto they won last season to first placed Inter Milan.
Juventus summarized how terrible the 2020-2021 season has been for them by failing to defeat a lowly rated Torino on Saturday, April 3. They managed to record a 2-2 draw which has further pushed them away from being a title contender.
It has gotten so bad for Juventus who have been winning the Italian Serie A title successively since the 2011-2012 season, that the club is now lingering around the 4th spot with 56 points in 28 games, 12 points away from first placed Inter Milan, and on equal point with 5th placed Napoli.
Their dream of winning the 10th successive Scudetto has changed to fighting to stay in the top four which they last dropped off from at the end of the 2010-2011 season.
The fight might ultimately come to an end on Wednesday, April 7 when they play their postponed game against Napoli. If Napoli win the league game, Juventus would automatically drop from the 4th spot to the 5th spot.
Due to how important the Wednesday league match is, the coach of Juventus, Andrea Pirlo, described the game which will be played at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium as a final.
In an interview after Juventus’ 2-2 draw with Torino, the captain of Juventus, Giorgio Chiellini said the priority of the club is to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
He said though Juventus had the opportunity of winning the game against Torino, some mistakes the team made forced the game to a 2-2 draw.
“It’s a pity, because when we had the sharpness to keep the game in hand, we didn’t run many big risks, and we created lots of chances”, he said.
On Juventus’ game against Napoli on Wednesday, Chiellini urged his teammates to unite and go forward and achieve the target of finishing in the top four.
“We have to stay united and do as little talking as possible”, the Italian footballer added. “Let’s avoid proclamations, instead of working day after day, knowing that we have a very important game coming up on Wednesday.
“We must go forward and try to do our best so we can achieve an important target for us, a Champions League place. We’ve also got the Coppa Italia Final coming up.”