Juventus are in search of a historic treble.
That target was whittled down to a double after Juve captured the Coppa Italia title on Thursday at the expense of Lazio.
The Turin club trounced Lazio 2-0 at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday to seal the first part of their grand target that would crown and remember them perhaps as kings of Italian football for many years.
Goals from Dani Alves (12th minute), his sixth in the campaign, and Leonardo Bonucci (24th) were all Juve needed to frustrate Lazio.
Alves scored through a volley following a long cross from fellow Brazilian Alex Sandro. Six minutes earlier, Balde Keita nearly scored for Lazio but his shot hit the post.
Bonucci tapped in a corner from Paulo Dybala, the strike proving to be the icing on Juve’s victory cake.
That triumph in the country’s counterpart of England’s FA Cup was their third straight and 12th overall, a record Juve would cherish for long as their adoring faithful.
Goalkeeper Neto, tapped in place of veteran Gianluigi Buffon in the cup, was also in the spotlight after coming up with good saves that kept Lazio, the 2013 winners and beaten by Juve in the final two years ago, at bay.
As Bonucci preached before they faced Lazio, Juventus played ruthlessly to nail down the first of their three objectives.
They will need the same focus and attitude when they go for the remaining two on their agenda.
After a 1-1 draw with local rivals Torino last May 6 forced the Turin club to wait for a record sixth successive Serie A title, Massimiliano Allegri’s side were unable to finish business last Sunday as they tasted a 3-1 loss against Roma.
“We’ve won the first title, now we want to clinch the second, Sunday against Crotone, who have taken 17 points from the last seven matches,” said a jubilant Allegri. “`It’s going to be a difficult match. We’ll have to play a mean game like this evening’s.’’
Another chance to secure Serie A crown will be at home to relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.
And then the Champions League will be next for the taking.
But a formidable foe lies in waiting – holders Real Madrid and their prolific goal-poacher Cristiano Ronaldo.
The final will be on June 3 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, and looking ahead for this mouth-watering encounter, Bonucci rallied his teammates to play with positive intensity and do all they can in bringing all three titles back to Turin.
If the football gods smile on them, the Bianconeri have the chance to accomplish a feat only achieved once before in Italian football history — by Jose Mourinho’s Inter side of 2010.
Optimism not to forget adrenaline, are running high in Juventus these days.
But if they want their dream fulfilled, they must always be playing out there doing their best at all cost.
After all, what it means and matters most to Juve this season is to cap their supremacy by making it a historic three!