We had, of course, been expecting her for some time. But when Juve's third Scudetto in a row finally showed up, the manner of her arrival was something of a surprise and an anti-climax. It all felt a little bit like a long-awaited bride turning up for her wedding day and being sneaked in through the back door rather than walking down the aisle.
Few of us had anticipated Serie A's best defence, Roma, succumbing to its worst attack, Catania, in such spectacular fashion. A 4-1 thumping meant the Bianconeri could celebrate their 30th title in the official records without having to take to the pitch. Quite rightly, of course, it did nothing to diminish the joy being felt by followers of the Turin giants around the country.
Indeed, the Giallorossi's demise felt a bit like a cyclist finally cracking under the intense pressure of a rival on some brutal mountain climb. Rudi Garcia's side deserve immense credit for keeping on Juve's wheel for quite so long. Ultimately, however, the tempo being tapped out by Antonio Conte's side was too hot for anyone to live with.
The real Roma, the one we've admired all season, did not show up in Sicily. Conversely, Catania finally produced a performance worthy of their previous campaigns in the top flight. It might yet be just enough to allow them to survive in Serie A.
But the first, direct outcome was to hand a thoroughly deserved Scudetto to Juventus. La Vecchia Signora has been absolutely imperious in Italy once again. Even their enormously-demanding Coach can have had little to complain about over this three Michelin star display.
The numbers the Bianconeri have stacked up tell you all you need to know. They've been all but invincible and have never even been held to a draw in home matches. If you thought it was impossible for their grip on the Italian game to get any tighter, you were wrong.
Their defence was rock solid, the midfield enhanced by a maturing Paul Pogba and the devastating Arturo Vidal and their attack finally found two premier protagonists in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente. That Roma kept close for so long is to their eternal credit. It hopefully bodes well for closer competition in years to come.
At least the title celebrations put minds back on sporting matters in a weekend which started in depressingly familiar fashion at the Coppa Italia final in Rome. The game, convincingly won by Napoli against Fiorentina, was preceded by a sorry tale. The shooting of a follower of the Partenopei - reportedly by a known Roma Ultra - in the build-up to the match led to a delay of the kick-off. Only once supporters had been assured he was still alive were proceedings allowed to get under way. What had started as a celebration of Calcio ended up feeling like the administration of its last rites. Some things, it seems, will never change.
The weekend's other key action was the low calorie Derby della Madonnina. Having gorged themselves for years on football glory, duelling for a Europa League spot feels like nibbling on a lettuce leaf for Milan and Inter. It did not produce the kind of action to have anyone licking their lips.
Fear seemed to rule the roost as both sides were more worried about the fallout of defeat rather than going out to seize success. On this evidence, the Milanese giants will have work to do if they hope to mount a serious challenge to Juve’s dominance next season. It would be foolish to rule out such a revival from two of Italy’s biggest teams, but neither of them currently has a squad which should have Coach Conte losing much sleep at present.
In the end, it took a goal from the appropriately workmanlike Nigel de Jong to separate the sides. He soared to meet a cracking Mario Balotelli cross to break the most dour of deadlocks. Inter were so bereft of ideas that they never looked like getting back into the game and Walter Mazzarri crowned a miserable night for fans of the Nerazzurri by leaving club hero Javier Zanetti languishing on the bench for his last Milan derby. For the Rossoneri, on the other hand, the result keeps alive hopes of clambering into continental football once again.
Elsewhere, Torino marked the 65th anniversary of the Superga disaster which wiped out their finest side by stepping closer to Europe. A Gennaro Sardo own goal was enough to see them home against Chievo. With close rivals Parma seeing off Samp thanks to goals from Antonio Cassano and Ezequiel Schelotto it sets up a delicious clash between the two sides in Turin next week.
The rest of the action was of lower table significance. Bologna eked out a point against Genoa while a goal feast in the Friuli made Livorno's plight more forlorn as they slumped to 5-3 defeat against Udinese. It saw the Tuscan side fall behind Catania to the bottom of the table. Some nervous encounters are in store in the next fortnight for many sides - but Juventus can already bask in the glory of yet another title.
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