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May 5, 2014

Sleeping Juve stars nearly miss party

ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik recaps Juventus' impressive Serie A season and what needs to change for them in Europe.

Carlos Tevez and Giorgio Chiellini admitted they almost missed Juventus' title celebrations on Sunday as they were taking a mid-afternoon nap in the team's hotel.

Carlos Tevez and his Juventus teammates celebrate claiming the title.
Carlos Tevez and his Juventus teammates celebrate claiming the title.

De Martinis: Roma humiliated

Juve were crowned Serie A champions for the third season in a row after nearest rivals Roma fell to a shock 4-1 defeat at Catania. That result meant the Giallorossi could no longer catch the Bianconeri with just two games of the season to go.

Juve's players followed events at the Stadio Massimino in their hotel before the celebrations commenced, but only after Tevez and Chiellini had been woken.

"To tell the truth, I was having a rest in view of tomorrow's game," Tevez told Sky Sport Italia. "But there was so much excitement in the hotel that I was woken up after about half an hour of Catania-Roma. It was a nice thing to wake up to."

Chiellini's slumber lasted a little longer, but he too was not unhappy with the way he was awoken, saying: "I was sleeping in my room and I was woken up by the noise my teammates were making when Catania went 3-1 up. I knew then that we were winning the scudetto."

Antonio Conte -- the architect of that third straight Serie A title -- joined in with the celebrations, with the club's general manager Beppe Marotta insisting more is still to come.

"Conte has started an era that is not over yet," Marotta said. "This is an extraordinary moment for the history of Juve, a great joy that rewards the hard work everybody has put in. We're proud of the work of our coach -- one of the best in the world for the results he has obtained and for the way he manages this group.

"It's going to be hard to improve, but we're going to aim at doing so. We're going to meet with Conte during the week. He's become part of the heritage of Juventus and we're going to keep a tight hold on him."

Juventus host Sassuolo on Monday night as they continue their bid to break the 100-point barrier for the first time. Three wins from their final three games of the season, including next weekend's trip to Roma, would take them onto a record 102 points for the season.

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