Tallying an absolutely insane 73 points out of a possible 75 from 25 unbeaten matches earned them a record fifth consecutive Serie A title and, maybe most astonishingly, it came on the heels of the worst start in club history.
On October 28th, Juventus were all but dead and buried. Their 1-0 loss away to Sassuolo, courtesy of a Nicola Sansone free kick, marked the worst start to a Serie A season in 46 years. Earning just 12 points from a possible 30, Juve had lost four out their first 10 matches for the first time since 1969.
With key players like Claudio Marchisio out for the first two months of the season due to injury, new summer signing Sami Khedira unable to complete more than two matches in a row, and stars like Giorgio Chiellini and Paul Pogba underperforming, Juve seemed destined to go the Chelsea route, inevitably crashing out of league and European contention.
It all changed on Halloween. In the 93rd minute of Juventus’ crucial home tie against bitter rivals Torino to be exact. Receiving a pass from Patrice Evra in the middle of the pitch, Paul Pogba languidly flicked the ball on to the Brazilian Hernanes, who immediately charged at the heart of the defence.
Tripped up from behind, the referee waved play on, incensing the Turin crowd. Unbothered, Paul Pogba calmly rolled the ball down the byline to an onrushing Alex Sandro, who promptly slid a cross along the ground for Juan Guillermo Cuadrado to bundle over the line and immediately shift Juve’s entire paradigm.