After the final whistle sounded, on a day where Juventus could have officially added another Scudetto to their name, we were forced to wait a little while longer.
If there was any more clear-cut sign that Juve’s concentration is on Tuesday night’s showdown with Ajax, I’d love to hear about it.
Although we got to see Moise Kean dance after scoring a brilliant first-half goal, it was SPAL who celebrated the win, coming back with a pair of goals after the halftime break to claim a huge three points in their quest for Serie A survival and postpone the latest Scudetto celebration for Juventus at least 24 hours at the very least.
The Scudetto count is still on 36 — for now.
And if Napoli don’t absolutely fall apart against a Chievo side that is on the brink of officially being relegated, then Max Allegri’s hope of wrapping up the Scudetto before the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Ajax will have gone up in smoke.
But, at the same time, Allegri made it perfectly with where Juventus’ true concentration lies with who was on the field — and wasn’t even on the squad list — in Ferrara on Saturday.
It was almost an entirely different starting lineup that we saw against Ajax three days earlier.
And, with a 20-point lead entering the afternoon, Allegri was able to do every bit of squad rotation we hoped he would. Joao Cancelo and Rodrigo Bentancur were the only two starters on Saturday who also were in the lineup against Ajax midweek.
Allegri rotated heavily, and I don’t think anybody could blame him knowing that Tuesday night’s return leg in Turin has so much riding on it.
But once Juve got the lead courtesy of Kean’s Pippo Inzaghi-like finish in the box, it was basically see-the-game-out mode from the visitors.
The only problem was that SPAL, who entered the contest far from a sure thing to stay up in Serie A, came out firing.
It was a completely deserved equalizer and then eventual game-winner for SPAL, a side that had only scored two goals in a match one previous time since the final week of January.
As much as Juve tried to see the game out, SPAL made the seven-time defending Italian champions pay for what, let’s just call it, was a relatively uneventful second half in front of the SPAL goal.