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Juventus in seventh heavenSeals its 34th Scudetto with a goalless draw against 10-man AS Roma

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed his side’s winning mentality as it sealed a seventh straight Serie A title after a goalless draw against 10-man Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Turin giant had needed just a point to officially seal its 34th Scudetto and become the first team to complete the league and Cup double for four consecutive seasons.

Roma played the final 20 minutes a man down after Radja Nainggolan was sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on Argentina striker Paulo Dybala.

Allegri’s side also won the Italian Cup in the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over AC Milan.

With one game left to play Juventus cannot be caught by second-placed Napoli, which is four points behind after winning 2-0 at Sampdoria on Sunday.

“It’s not easy to keep the right mentality just a few days after winning the Italian Cup final,” said Allegri.

“I think the greatest strength was keeping calm in all situations. You reach the final objective with one small step at a time.

“It’s been really tough and we have to compliment Napoli, as they kept the pressure on to the end and won at Sampdoria.

“We work hard, but when it’s time to celebrate after four extraordinary years, it’s right that everyone celebrates.

“If you get overwhelmed by enthusiasm, you’re going to collapse three days later.” Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma, in third, had already sealed its Champions League place next season after Inter Milan’s 2-1 loss against Sassuolo.

“Juventus have a special mentality that has been built up through the years,” said Di Francesco.

“It’s a club that succeeds in remaining united through difficulties. They are an example for other teams to follow.”

The results: Verona 0 lost to Udinese 1 (Barŕk 20); Torino 2 (Belotti 68, De Silvestri 87) bt SPAL 1 (Grassi 22); Bologna 1 (Verdi 12-pen) lost to Chievo 2 (Giaccherini 48, Inglese 60); Fiorentina 0 lost to Cagliari 1 (Pavoletti 37).

Crotone 2 (Simy 29, Ceccherini 61) drew with Lazio 2 (Lulic 17-pen, Milinkovic-Savic 84); Atalanta 1 (A. Masiello 90+2) drew with AC Milan 1 (Kessie 60); Roma 0 drew with Juventus 0; Sampdoria 0 lost to Napoli 2 (Milik 72, Albiol 80).