Rewind to October 2015. An opening day defeat to Udinese followed by draws against Chievo and Frosinone had made for a frustrating start to the champions’ title defence particularly in a place where they had hitherto been practically invincible; Juventus Stadium.
The Bianconeri had won 25 home league games in a row two years previously but were unable to kick into gear in the same fashion as a slow start to the season saw them as low as 14th in the table. The visit of Bologna in the early autumn however marked the beginning of something truly special.
Not that anyone would have known that watching the game. After five minutes, bottom club Bologna were in front as Anthony Mounier pounced to guide Adam Masina’s clever cross into the net via the arm of Gianluigi Buffon.
From the 33rd minute onwards that day, the Old Lady’s home supporters would taste one thing and one thing only: success. An Alvaro Morata equaliser set the hosts back on track before further goals from Sami Khedira – his first as a Juventus player – and Paulo Dybala sealed a valuable victory.