The result was never really in doubt. Juventus let in an early goal, and then they lost the ball several times in midfield. The rain was pouring down, and they were losing a game to a team just above the relegation zone.
But Sassuolo could not hold off Juventus. Not for 90 minutes. The defending champions kept growing in confidence, and they scored three unanswered goals in a 3-1 win on Monday. Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have now scored 34 goals between them in Serie A. (Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci have scored just as many for Torino.)
The game itself was not a full experience for Juventus. They gambled with the ball, and even Andrea Pirlo struggled to complete the pass. Too many times in 2014 have they done just enough to win. But they invariably get the results.
They are putting up numbers rarely seen before. Juventus have collected 93 points with three games left—a high for the club. They have also won 30 of 35 games in Serie A this season, tying Inter for the all-time single-season record.
Next Monday, at home against Atalanta, Juventus could win their third straight scudetto. It’s something they have never done before in the modern era:
Juventus on the brink of winning 3 Scudetti in a row for the first time since the 30s. Can do it next Monday at home to Atalanta, May 5...— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) April 28, 2014
Here are some things to remember from the match.