Riding on the high of a UEFA Champions Cup victory at the end of the previous season, Juventus began the 1985-86 campaign with an imperious eight victories in their first eight games. Such was their dominance at the beginning that a Maradona-inspired defeat by Napoli in the ninth game did nothing to harm their standing at the top of the table.
The Bianconeri recovered immediately in their next fixture in any case, beating Roma 3-1. At the end of the first half of the season, Trapattoni’s men had gone six points ahead of Napoli, and eight ahead of Roma and Inter.
But a Giallorossi surge in form coincided with a loss of momentum by Juve, and Roma made up ground. They reduced the gap even further with a 3-0 win in the encounter between the two. On matchday 28, both sides were level.
The penultimate game against reigning champions Milan was a potential stumbling block for the Bianconeri, whilst title challengers Roma had a much easier fixture against the already relegated side Lecce.
Yet nobody would have predicted the result at the Stadio Olimpico: Lecce beat Roma (3-2) to leave the fans stunned, while Juve overcame Milan thanks to a goal from Michael Laudrup. Juve 43, Roma 41. Another subsequent Roma crisis in Como meant that the Bianconeri finished four points clear as champions, and the Scudetto was theirs.
Michel Platini, just as he had done in the last Scudetto winning season, finished as Juve’s top scorer.