Juventus made a real statement of intent on the weekend following a 3-1 victory over title-chasers Fiorentina, who had not lost a game in the league for nearly two months, and could go second in the table with a win in their next outing. The Old Lady started the campaign in poor shape, dropping points in five of their opening six games of the new season, but have finally hit some form and now look capable of defending their crown against all odds.
Incredible recovery made by the Old Lady
Early into the campaign, Massimiliano Allegri’s men found themselves languishing in the bottom-half of the table, and had been ruled out of the title race. The likes of AS Roma and Inter Milan were regarded as contenders to end the Old Lady’s dominance in the Serie A, but now Juventus are making up the ground on their rivals following an outstanding run of form in the division.
Their win over the Viola was their sixth on the bounce, and no other league side boasts better form than Juve of late. The job is far from done, however, as Allegri’s men still need to continue bettering the results of their rivals in the coming weeks. It means Juve are going to need a successive run of wins potentially into double figures to earn their place back at the summit, but would be an incredible turnaround if they managed to achieve it.
Summer exodus saw Juve start slugglish
Juventus have won the title fairly comfortably in each of the last four seasons, but many felt the 2015/16 campaign would see a new champion given the players that walked out in the summer. Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman moved to Bayern Munich, Angelo Ogbonna joined West Ham United, Carlos Tevez returned to former side Boca Juniors, and Andrea Pirlo signed for New York City. Approximately 20 players left on permanent deals, so it was always going to be hard for the side to immediately recover.
Just 10 games into season, the Old Lady had matched 2014/15’s entire tally of defeats in the Serie A, but they have brilliantly recovered to give themselves a fighting chance of defending their title. Inter Milan, currently top, will certainly be looking over their shoulders with the momentum Juventus have had in recent weeks, and the race for glory sets to be an entertaining watch. With so many sides still in contention, supporters will have a hard predicting who will come out on top.