As Juventus approach Sunday’s clash away at Fiorentina, the team will perhaps be inspired by the three great victories pulled off by Bianconeri sides of the past in Florence.
The first of those memorable wins dates back to the final league championship season before the introduction of the current format.
Juve emerged 4-0 winners in 1929 at the Stadio Velodromo Libertas – the ground where Fiorentina played before moving to their current Artemio Franchi home – with two goals scored in each half. Antonio Vojak and Renato Sanero provided them in the first, while the second saw a double from Luigi Cevenini III.
Juventus delivered a winning margin of similarly eye-catching proportions again in 1995, when the side were heading towards their first Scudetto triumph under Marcello Lippi.
There was a subdued atmosphere in the ground as both sets of fans united in mourning the sad death of Andrea Fortunato four days earlier, but the Bianconeri did their former team-mate proud with a consummate 4-1 win against Claudio Ranieri’s Viola.
Lippi’s men went in front through a brilliant piece of skill from Gianluca Vialli, who extended his left leg whilst leaping through the air to connect with a diagonal ball and send it over the approaching goalkeeper.
Gabriel Batistuta had the chance to draw the hosts level from the spot, but Michelangelo Rampulla’s heroics in goal denied him, and Juve then increased their lead when Roberto Baggio succeeded in converting a penalty that fell his way soon afterwards.
Batistuta did end up getting his name on the scoresheet when he netted a powerful header, but just as the contest seemed wide open again the Bianconeri stepped up their game to put the win beyond doubt with strikes from Fabrizio Ravanelli and Giancarlo Marocchi.
But the most resounding victory of all arrived during the first of Antonio Conte’s years in the dugout. Juve came up against the Viola on 17 March 2012 absolutely needing to win in order to reduce the seven-point gap on leaders Milan - and they did so in style.
Mirko Vucinic opened the scoring with a snap shot from the edge of the area which seemingly caught Viola shotstopper Artur Boruc off guard.
After Alessio Cerci’s sending off, things got increasingly difficult for Delio Rossi’s men, and it wasn’t long before Arturo Vidal doubled Juventus’s lead from a close-range follow-up.
The 5-0 victory was completed by a Claudio Marchisio diving header from a perfect Vucinic cross, a striker’s finish from Andrea Pirlo and the final blow from Simone Padoin.