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5 things to know about the Italian league as Roma eyes revenge against champion Juventus
MILAN - It might be a clash between the top two teams in Serie A on Sunday, but there is little to play for but pride when newly-crowned champion Juventus visits Roma. However, Juventus is still looking to break a few more records this season, while Roma will be out for revenge.
The other end of the table sees a relegation six-pointer between two of the bottom three clubs as Bologna hosts Catania.
Here are five things to know about this weekend's matches:
ZANETTI CURTAIN CALL
Inter Milan legend Javier Zanetti will make an emotional final appearance at San Siro on Saturday.
Zanetti has been at Inter for 19 seasons but has confirmed that he will retire from football at the end of the campaign, at the age of 40.
"Yes, of course there will be great emotion inside me," Zanetti said. "But at the same time I think the most important thing is the aim of the team, which is to win the match and be able to reach our objective of Europa League qualification.
"I hope it can be a great party, but first we have to win the game. Afterward there will certainly be a lot of emotion on my part at being able to thank all my fans."
Inter hosts Lazio, knowing that victory would all but guarantee it a spot in the next season's Europa League.
JUVE STILL HUNGRY
The main prize may have been won but newly-crowned champion Juventus visits second-place Roma looking to remain on course for other significant objectives.
Juventus won its third successive Serie A without even kicking a ball last weekend thanks to Roma's shock 4-1 defeat at Cagliari.
Antonio Conte's men are now looking to set a new record by breaking the 100-point barrier and they need just four points from their remaining two matches.
"The title was one of our great aims from the start of the season," Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. "It was difficult but we really wanted it.
"Managing to win such an exciting season with record numbers — and we still hope to break some more before the end — gives us great satisfaction."
Roma has little to play for but pride and it will be keen to avenge its humbling defeat to Juventus earlier in the season.
The 3-0 defeat at Juventus Stadium was seen by many as the turning point of the season and Roma is keen to prove there is not such an apparent gulf in class.
"The race is over but it will be a great match," Roma captain Francesco Totti said. "For us playing Juventus is a match apart. We want to show that the Biaconeri aren't so superior to us.
"Juve deservedly won the league, congratulations to them. They have been magnificent all season, we challenged them in the wrong year."
NAPOLI FAN WOES
Napoli visits Sampdoria on Sunday, knowing it is likely to be the last time they play in front of fans this season.
The club has been ordered to play two home matches behind closed doors following trouble during and before its Italian Cup victory at the weekend.
The final had to be delayed 40 minutes because of fan unrest in the stadium after three Napoli supporters were shot in the buildup.
The match only went ahead after Napoli captain Marek Hamsik spoke to the ultras.
Napoli beat Fiorentina 3-1.
BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL
Bologna hosts Catania on Sunday in a crucial relegation scrap.
Catania is second-to-last in the table, three points below Bologna and four off Chievo Verona, which occupies the final safe position.
Anything but a win for Catania would consign it to the drop, while Bologna is almost as desperate with just one round remaining.
Sassuolo is the only other side not assured of Serie A football next season as it is two points above Bologna.
It hosts Genoa, while Chievo visits Cagliari.
Bottom club Livorno is already relegated.
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