Just over a month ago at the end of October, Juventus suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sassuolo and for some, the title race was already over.
Fast forward five and a half weeks and the Bianconeri are on a five-match winning run in Serie A and have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages with a game to spare.
Such a rapid turnaround was, in the words of Leonardo Bonucci for the Sky and Mediaset cameras, brought about by a little self-reflection and no little determination on the part of himself and his Bianconeri colleagues since that disappointing defeat in Reggio Emilia on October 28.
The defender began, “We looked at ourselves in the mirror and we all agreed that this couldn’t be the real Juventus that people were seeing on the pitch. We realised that we would only get out of the rut we were in as a team and that there was no longer any time to lose.
“We put our pride on the shelf and beating Torino in the fashion that we did in the last minute demonstrated that you must fight for every ball right until the final whistle.”