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Serie A

  • 5 May 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 38892

Juventus - Atalanta Preview: Bianconeri celebrate third successive Serie A title

Antonio Conte's side clinched the Scudetto on Sunday after Roma suffered a shock defeat to Catania and now face Stefano Colantuono's charges

Juventus face Atalanta on Monday having already claimed the title thanks to Roma's defeat to Catania on Sunday.

The Bianconeri are eight points clear of second-placed Roma with three games remaining and now face Stefano Colantuono's men who have enjoyed playing the top sides this season.

Atalanta have already claimed the scalps of Inter and Napoli this season, and held Roma to a 1-1 draw back in December.

Juve will take confidence from their performance in the reverse fixture in Bergamo, which saw them cruise to a comfortable 4-1 success.

And the Turin club will be keen to celebrate their title triumph with a victory particularly after missing out on a place in the Europa League final, which is to be held in their home stadium.

Juve could only manage a 0-0 draw against nine-man Benfica in an ill-tempered second-leg of their semi-final clash, the Portuguese champions progressing to the showpiece 2-1 on aggregate following a contest that also saw Juve's Mirko Vucinic sent off.

And defender Leonardo Bonucci is keen for Juve to display resolve and immediately bounce back from their European disappointment.

"We go out with our heads held high, but we need to move on quickly and think about writing many other important pages in our club’s history," the centre-half told Juve's official website.

"We'll look ahead with positivity and the desire to clinch a third consecutive Scudetto."

Juventus have no significant injury worries ahead of the encounter, while Atalanta will be able to welcome back Carlos Carmona and Mario Yepes from suspension.

Midfielder Maxi Moralez is set to return from an injury that kept him out of last weekend's 1-1 draw with Genoa, but Luca Cigarini is banned.

The stalemate with Genoa ended a run of three straight defeats for Atalanta, who sit 11th in the table, and Colantuono is eager to finish the season on a high.

"We can't allow ourselves to lose motivation; we want to finish the season well," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"We ended a negative streak and want to carry on in that vein even if we know that our remaining fixtures aren't easy."

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