- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

MILAN (AP) - League leader Juventus travels to third-place Napoli this weekend looking to maintain its charge to a third successive title. Second-place Roma visits relegation-threatened Sassuolo earlier on Sunday and will be hoping to put some pressure on the Bianconeri and cut the gap to 11 points.

Here are five things to know about the Italian league this weekend:



Having broken one record midweek, Juventus remains firmly on course for another.

Juventus beat Parma 2-1 to record a 15th successive home victory. A third straight Serie A title is already all but a certainty and the Bianconeri could break the 100-point mark in the process.

“We are taking important steps forward,” coach Antonio Conte said. “We’re on seven successive wins and I don’t have any more words with which to praise the boys. Many of them have played eight consecutive matches and they are giving their maximum even if I don’t have the chance to let them breathe again.

“They are incredible and they manage to surprise even me. We have got 81 points, despite playing every three days, despite a lot of injuries and tiredness.”



Juventus travels to Napoli on Sunday without the league’s top scorer Carlos Tevez.

Tevez, who scored twice against Parma to take his tally for the season to 18, also picked up a booking and will be suspended for the match.

“I am sad about that, because I won’t be with my teammates,” Tevez said. “And to think that Conte wanted to replace me just before I picked up that yellow card. … I always want to play and score in every match but at least I’ll be able to rest and prepare for Thursday’s (Europa League game).

“I am certain it will be a great match, Napoli is playing good football and the atmosphere will be heated.”


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