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Juve fans plead for Conte to stay

May 19, 2014 - 1:10am

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PHOTO: EPA

JUVENTUS 3 (Marco Silvestri 8-og, Fernando Llorente 15, Claudio Marchisio 40)
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The square, white banner held aloft by the “ultras” at the North Stand of the Juventus Stadium told the whole story. “Habemus Papam Conte”, it read in black, bold latin, meaning, “We have a pope (in) Conte”.

Juventus did not have to kick a ball against Cagliari last night to be crowned Serie A champions. The Old Lady of Italian football clinched their 30th league title two weeks ago, after Roma lost at Catania.

But the team, led by coach Antonio Conte (above), put the icing on the cake with a season-ending 3-0 win over their opponents from Sardinia.

The champions’ performance was anything but complacent, as Fernando Llorente and Claudio Marchisio struck in the first half to add to Marco Silvestri’s eighth-minute own goal to bury Cagliari in front of 39,334 fans in the near sold-out arena.

In a season which they set a record 33 wins in Serie A, Juventus ensured on the final day that they also achieved two other league milestones.

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