If the Primavera are flying high at the top of the table, it’s in no small part down to their tremendous 12-match winning streak put together between the start of November and late February – incidentally almost exactly the same period of time in which Massimiliano Allegri’s first-team registered their 15 consecutive victories in Serie A.
The very first win of this impressive run, a 4-0 thumping of Sassuolo, undoubtedly represented a key moment, but perhaps even more crucial was the way that result was followed up by another three points against even tougher opposition in the form of Fiorentina courtesy of Nicolò Pozzebon’s seventh goal in what was only his sixth league outing.
Having notched six successive victories before the festive period, the next biggest test facing Grosso’s charges was that of blowing away any potential Christmas cobwebs and maintaining momentum into the New Year.
In only the second fixture of January, the Primavera faced the small matter of a Derby Della Mole against inter-city rivals Torino. Trailing 1-0 at half-time, the Bianconeri dealt brilliantly with the pressure, equalising through Favilli shortly after the break before Fabio Morselli netted a dramatic late winner, as Juve demonstrated every ounce their never-say-die attitude.
Further proof of the Primavera’s appetite for the big game occasion came again in early February, when they saw off second-placed Virtus Entella 2-1 in a top-of-the-table clash in Vinovo. Pol Lirola and Francesco Cassata were the league leaders’ goalscorers that day.
Although Grosso’s young guns have dropped points of late to Sampdoria and Sassuolo, their 1-0 win over Novara last weekend has ensured that they remain two points clear of Virtus Entella with a game in hand.