Juventus vs. Napoli: Bianconeri Will Finish Unblemished Season with Another Win

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2012

TURIN, ITALY - MAY 13:  Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus FC cry with the Serie A trophy after the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Atalanta BC at Juventus Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Juventus will try and put a cap on their perfect Serie A campaign with a win over Napoli on Sunday.

The Bianconeri have already won the Serie A title. Winning the Italian Cup would be sweet justice for a much-maligned club.

Juventus was subject to a match-fixing scandal in 2006. The club was relegated and sent into a dark age of sorts.

Their first Serie A title since that time revived the club and it's fanbase in one swift motion.

Let's take a look at the significance of this game for Bianconeri.

It Has Been a Long Time

Juventus haven't won an Italian Cup since 1995. They have lost to Parma and Lazio since their final cup victory.

This should be enough motivation for Juventus to show up in this game.

This season's campaign has been truly incredible for their squad. They have played much better than the rest of Serie A and an Italian Cup would fit a successful season perfectly.

Winning the Italian Cup over Napoli would be even better.

Juventus beat Napoli already earlier this year, and Napoli has not hoisted the Italian Cup in 25 years.

Juventus need to do their best to make sure that streak extends to 26 years.

Alessandro Del Piero

Del Piero has 500-plus career appearances and 200-plus career goals with Juventus.

He has been with the club since 1993.

Del Piero is one of the best supporting strikers the world has to offer. His career puts him in the same breathe as other phenomenal European talents.

Del Piero will be a free agent after this season.

Juventus want to grab a victory for their leader. Del Piero only had five points in 23 games this year, but he is vital to Juventus' morale.

What to Expect

First of all, you can expect a Juventus victory.

Bianconeri has been dominant on both ends of the field all year, and that will not change in their season's final stanza.

Playing for pride and Del Piero will have Juventus' squad amped up. They will want to win more than they normally would, and that is problematic for any team facing a side with this much talent.

Napoli is in a bad spot.

They are playing an extremely motivated team with an obvious chip on its shoulder.

Juventus grab the victory, renew their club reputation and send Del Piero out on the highest note.