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      28.12.2016 09:30 - in: The team S

      2016 Review: Juve make Hi5tory!

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      The third part of our end-of-year review brings us to the end of a triumphant 2015/16 campaign, culminating in a second successive league and cup double...

      The Bianconeri were implacable in April, knocking out five straight wins to wrap up the title.

      A solitary Mario Mandzukic strike was enough to earn the points against Empoli on 2 April.

      That was followed by a 2-1 triumph over AC Milan at San Siro, Mandzukic again and Paul Pogba doing the damage:

      Then came seven unanswered goals in the space of four days at Juventus Stadium, between 17 and 20 April.

      First Palermo were put to the sword as Sami Khedira, Paul Pogba, Juan Cuadrado and Simone Padoin all found the net:

      This man puts the icing on the cake... #JuvePalermo #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #JuveToday #InstaPado

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      A few days later Mandzukic's close-range finish and a Paulo Dybala double downed Lazio. Here are the post-match stats from that encounter.

      On 24 April the Bianconeri claimed another three points which all but secured the title – although not quite mathematically. Away to Fiorentina, Mandzukic's first-half strike set Juve on their way to victory. Nikola Kalinic levelled for the hosts late on but Alvaro Morata popped up with an even later winner.

      The result meant Juventus would be crowned champions the following day unless Napoli beat Roma.

      That day, 25 April, the Bianconeri trained in Vinovo before sitting down to watch Roma v Napoli.

      Roma won the game and Juve made Hi5tory with our fifth consecutive league title.

      After such an incredible Scudetto success (which you can relive in our special here), the fixtures that followed naturally took on less significance – not that it stopped the Bianconeri from honouring them.

      After a 2-0 home win over Carpi and an away defeat to Hellas Verona, Massimiliano Allegri's charges signed off their Serie A campaign with a 5-0 drubbing of Sampdoria in front of the Bianconeri faithful – amid celebrations and the awarding of the Scudetto trophy itself.

      It didn't end there, though.

      Juve had one more match to play and to win before the season was over: the Coppa Italia final. AC Milan were the opponents at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 21 May.

      It proved to be a tricky, tense encounter and no one seemed able to break the deadlock. After a goalless 90 minutes, it went to extra time.

      Then, in the 108th minute, Alvaro Morata was in the right place at the right time to fire home the winner and clinch the trophy for Juve.

      It was the perfect finale to an extraordinary season which had started slowly and ended with Juventus completing a league and cup double – the first Italian side ever to pull off a double double.

      But no sooner has one season finished than there's another to prepare for, and tomorrow we'll take you back through the summer months as Juventus geared up for 2016/17!

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