Pirlo hails Conte after Scudetto triumph
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Juventus cemented a 29th title triumph on Sunday after another near flawless campaign with evergreen midfielder Andrea Pirlo saying coach Antonio Conte's contribution has been critical. 

Last year Juventus put paid to two consecutive seventh-place finishes in Italy's top flight by remaining unbeaten on their way to a 28th Scudetto.

With only four defeats in 35 games so far this season, the Turin giants have again been virtually untouchable in a campaign in which traditional rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan faltered.

Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo said consistency had been key.

"We've been the most consistent team. Last year the title was unthinkable at the start of the season and what we did was an extraordinary achievement," said Pirlo.

"This year we set out with the aim of repeating that success and we've shown that we're a notch above the rest."

I was surprised by the gaffer's tactical acumen but also what he does on a daily basis.
Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo on coach Antonio Conte

Juventus had only one real contender in the 2013 season.

But where the Old Lady of Turin was mostly steady on her feet, Napoli kept the nerves of their passionate fans frayed on a regular basis with a series of highs and lows which, nevertheless, will see them return to the UEFA Champions League and their Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani top the league scoring charts.

Pirlo, meanwhile, was quick to praise the "tactical acumen" of Conte, who in his two years as coach at his former club has tested numerous tactical formations including a 4-2-4, 4-1-4-1, 4-3-3 and, this season, a 3-5-2 and 3-5-1-1.

"I was surprised by the gaffer's tactical acumen but also what he does on a daily basis," said Pirlo, who gave the club good news recently on announcing his international retirement after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Juventus's top scorer this season so far has been Chilean attacking midfielder Arturo Vidal, who had nine league goals and 14 in all competitions prior to the Palermo match.

It has highlighted the squad's need for an out-and-out goalscorer and the Bianconeri will hope that new striker Fernando Llorente, who will join Juve from Athletic Bilbao on 1 July, helps fill that gap ahead of their title defence next season.