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      11.06.2015 10:21 - in: The team S

      The story of the 2014/15 season: Laying the groundwork

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      Juventus.com will be chronicling the Bianconeri’s phenomenal term throughout the rest of June. Up first, Massimiliano Allegri’s appointment and the club’s Asia-Pacific tour

      “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved this year, we’ve won our tenth Coppa Italia and our 33rd Scudetto. It’s been an extraordinary season.”

      These were the words spoken by Andrea Agnelli during his end of season press conference at Juventus Stadium on Monday morning, as the president looked back on a remarkable campaign for the Bianconeri both on and off the field.

      Having sewn up a fourth Scudetto on the spin and won a record tenth Coppa Italia, the Old Lady almost completed a historic treble having reached the Champions League final, but were pipped to the post by La Liga outfit Barcelona in last week’s showpiece event.

      Nonetheless, it has been an unforgettable term for everyone involved with the club, players, coaching staff and fans.

      Now, Juventus.com will take supporters through the journey of the 2014/15 season, chronicling every key moment which has contributed to the Bianconeri’s ongoing success.

      The beginning of this remarkable trip dates back to 16 July 2014 when Massimiliano Allegri had just been handed the reins of the club, replacing the outgoing Antonio Conte.

      And during his unveiling, the Tuscan tactician touched upon the importance of keeping Juventus flying high above the chasing pack.

      The 47-year-old went on to say: “I will work on the attributes of a team that has achieved incredible success over the last three years and look to get the best out of everyone. What matters is creating a winning environment.”

      And that he did, with Allegri also proceeding to add a plethora of new stars to his ranks for the various challenges that lay in wait.

      Following the arrival of French starlet Kingsley Coman in early July, the Bianconeri boss brought in exciting frontman Alvaro Morata, seasoned veteran Patrice Evra, versatile midifielder Roberto Pereyra and wing-back Romulo.

      A 0-0 friendly draw against fellow Serie A outfit Cesena then kicked off the club’s pre-season preparations before they all travelled to Indonesia at the beginning of August, the first stop on the highly-successful Asia-Pacific Tour.

      In front of a sell-out crowd at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, the Bianconeri put in a fantastic showing as they brushed ISL All Stars aside 8-1 early on in the month.

      With a first victory now under their belts, Juventus headed to Sydney, where they would face an A-League All Stars side captained by Alessandro Del Piero on 10 August.

      And it proved to be another thrilling encounter, with Simone Pepe striking a sumptuous winner four minutes from time in a 3-2 triumph.

      Singapore’s newly-built National Stadium was the final destination on the club’s whistle stop tour, Allegri’s men running riot against the Singapore All Stars in a 5-0 success courtesy of an Andrea Pirlo double and further strikes from Paul Pogba, Sebastian Giovinco and Kwadwo Asamoah.

      After touching back down on Italian soil, the club’s customary in-house friendly at Villar Perosa took place, with the first-team defeating the Primavera 6-1, before Juventus turned out for another tournament, the Trofeo TIM, in Emilia-Romagna on 23 August.

      During the triangular competition, the Bianconeri played two 45-minute matches against Milan and Sassuolo, losing to the former 1-0 and beating the Neroverdi by the same scoreline thanks to Pereyra’s late goal.

      With pre-season now done and dusted, all attentions would turn to the first Serie A game of the campaign versus Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi on 30 August.

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