Juve are, once again, in the midst of a controversy.

"Juventus stripped their opponents of all excuses," remarked Gianluigi Buffon in his Friday news conference. "When you start with a handicap of 12 to 13 points and you find yourself at plus-six at the end of the championship, there's little you can say."

Juve are, once again, in the midst of a controversy. Critics of the club are up in arms over Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain being handed a four-match ban for pushing a referee in last weekend's loss to Udinese, while Leonardo Bonucci's similar actions the Turin derby went unpunished -- which, as video evidence showed, was the correct decision.

Winners are always hated. Football-crazed Italy has long hoped for another Serie A champion, another team that can challenge to allow for a more exciting competition. 

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