Roma must match Juventus model, says Di Francesco


Juventus became the first team to win seven consecutive Serie A titles and a record-extending 34th time in all after a 0-0 draw against AS Roma here, even as second-placed Napoli defeated Sampdoria 2-0 in Naples in the penultimate round on Sunday.

"I'm happy for the lads who have sealed the title, we have a week more of holiday", said coach Massimiliano Allegri, who has won all four of those doubles in as many years at Juventus.

Eusebio Di Francesco wants Roma to emulate Juventus' commanding home record in order to evolve into Serie A title challengers.

"Four years like these don't come along often and I have to thank the staff and everyone who has worked with us for their contribution. We played after Juve nearly every time andm seeing as Juve pretty much always win, that badly damaged us".

Third-placed Roma, already qualified for next season's Champions League, took the initiative and looked unsafe, although Edin Dzeko, Radja Nainggolan and Lorenzo Pellegrini all missed the target.

Nainggolan received the two yellow cards in the space of five minutes, the second for a poor tackle on Paulo Dybala shortly after the Belgium global fouled Alex Sandro. However, Napoli stumbled - losing 3-0 at Fiorentina the following week after Juventus had rallied from 2-1 down to complete a remarkable 3-2 comeback against Inter. "Credit goes to the lads for keeping their cool, taking things one step at a time towards our final objective". "It is also a solid and united club, even in hard times".

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Dybala threatened early and broke through early in the second half after an Alex Sandro cross but the goal was disallowed because the Argentina striker was offside. "They are an example for other teams to follow".

Juventus will play their final game in Turin next weekend and Allegri promised a big celebration.

"As I always say, winning is something extraordinary", Allegri was quoted as saying by Juventus' website.

Lazio remained fourth, three points head of Inter Milan, which it faces next week in the final game of the season with a place in Europe's premier club competition at stake.

"In the last 16 rounds of matches, we played after Juventus on 14 occasions".