Was it all down to Antonio Conte? Did signing Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal make all the difference? Could the contribution of the Juventus Stadium have been the key? Whatever your answers to all these questions, there is no doubt the Bianconeri were a team transformed when they picked up the Scudetto last season. And it set me wondering if their revival was the greatest ever seen in Serie A?
So out came the almanacs to look at the biggest gaps ever bridged by Italian title winners since the war. The starting point was Juve’s striking improvement on their miserable 2010/11. They finished a massive 24 points behind that year’s champions Milan - the equivalent of eight match victories. That game win figure became a yardstick to compare across the eras of two and three points for a victory.