Gianluigi Buffon has expressed his gratitude to Roma for pushing Juventus to reach ever greater heights this season.
The Bianconeri were crowned Serie A champions on Sunday following the Giallorossi 's 4-1 defeat at Catania, yet the Italy international says that that shock defeat should not detract from what has been a remarkable season for Rudi Garcia's men, who finished seventh last year.
"In general, all of Italian football should thank Roma for the way they played this season and kept the title race alive," Buffon told Mediaset Premium. "On many occasions this term they truly impressed me.
"We weren't certain we could achieve our targets because they were so strong and confident that it frightened us, so I think the credit goes to them for pushing everyone harder."
Buffon, a five-time league champion with Juventus, said he preferred to earn points to win the title, but was delighted to have claimed the crown nonetheless.
"It is the second time I've won a Scudetto without playing, as it happened about 10 years ago. It’s different, a special sensation, but still wonderful.
"Of course I prefer the satisfaction of winning on the field, that moment the whistle blows and you have given everything you’ve got, both physical and psychological."
The Juve captain then went on to reveal that the 1-0 win over Genoa on March 16, when Andrea Pirlo struck with a late free kick, was the moment when he believed that the title was on its way to Turin once again.
"We had gone through so many scares in that game and Genoa probably deserved more, but we managed to bring out that Pirlo free-kick from nowhere that gave us confidence," he explained.
"We knew that we could push forward and put our hands on the Scudetto."