Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday. With the win, Juventus made history by becoming the first club to win six successive Serie A titles.
Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free-kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.
Juve had last week blown the chance to seal the deal at the Stadio Olimpico, where they were beaten 3-1 by the Giallorossi. However, after returning to the same ground on Wednesday to lift the Coppa Italia courtesy of a 2-0 win over Lazio, a clearly reinvigorated Bianconeri were in no mood for another slip-up when they took to the field in Turin to face Crotone.
The relegation-threatened visitors desperately needed a positive result themselves but the Old Lady prevailed thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro, sparking wild celebrations at the Juventus Stadium.
A sixth consecutive title caps a remarkable turnaround in Juve’s fortunes. Indeed, when Antonio Conte took charge of the club in 2011, the Bianconeri were coming off the back of two successive seventh-placed finishes.
However, the former Juve midfielder won the title in his first season at the helm – and without losing a single game, thus making the Bianconeri the first side to go through an entire league campaign undefeated since the switch back to 20 teams, in 2004.
Conte won two more titles (his third with a record haul of 102 points) before surprisingly parting company with the club during the summer of 2014.
As a result, Juve turned to Allegri and, although that decision was not initially well-received by the Juventus faithful due to the coach’s past association with Milan, he quickly won over the doubters.
In his first season in charge, Allegri guided Juventus to a domestic double, as well as a place in the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Barcelona.
Last season under Allegri, Juve repeated its domestic double, the time that had ever been done.
And this Juventus side continues to break records. With another domestic double already wrapped up, the Bianconeri have a chance to equal Inter Milan’s historic treble winning season if they can secure their third European Cup when they meet Real Madrid in Cardiff on June 3.