The Bianconeri have now gone 32 games unbeaten this season, moving them two within two games of the Rossoneri side which enjoyed an unblemished 1991-92 campaign
By Mark Doyle
Amidst the perfectly understandable media frenzy which followed Alessandro Del Piero’s late winner for Juventus in the club's last Serie A fixture with Lazio, it was easy to lose sight of the fact that Antonio Conte’s men had taken a hugely significant step towards immortality.
In avoiding defeat against the Biancocelesti, the Bianconeri have now taken their undefeated run this season to 32 games, moving them one clear of the Roberto Mancini-led Inter side of 2006-07, who memorably came unstuck against Roma at San Siro. Of course, Juve fans will tell you that Inter’s record should have an asterisk beside it because it was achieved while the Bianconeri were in Serie B following their Calciopoli-enforced relegation from the top flight the summer before, but then, that’s a whole other argument ...
The point is that if Juve manage to escape from Sunday's home encounter versus Roma with their unbeaten record still intact, they will have drawn level with Fiorentina’s Scudetto winners of 1955-56, who agonisingly came within five minutes of an unblemished campaign, the Viola conceding two late goals in a 3-1 defeat by Genoa on the final day of the season.
|SERIE A'S SINGLE-SEASON UNBEATEN RUNS
|31 games||32 games||33 games||34 games|
|Fiorentina (a)||W 3-2||Parma (h)||W 4-1||Pro Patria (a)||D 2-2||Ascoli (a)||W 1-0|
|Sampdoria (h)||D 1-1||Siena (a)||W 1-0||Padova (h)||W 1-0||Cagliari (h)||W 1-0|
|Roma (a)||W 1-0||Bologna (h)||D 1-1||Juventus (a)||W 4-0||Juventus (a)||D 1-1|
|Chievo (h)||W 4-3||Catania (a)||D 1-1||Inter (h)||D 0-0||Fiorentina (h)||D 1-1|
|Cagliari (a)||D 1-1||AC Milan (h)||W 2-0||Bologna (a)||W 2-0||Genoa (h)||D 1-1|
|Catania (h)||W 2-1||Chievo (a)||D 0-0||Atalanta (h)||W 4-1||Atalanta (a)||W 2-0|
|Udinese (a)||D 0-0||Genoa (h)||D 2-2||Vicenza (a)||D 1-1||Parma (h)||W 2-0|
|Livorno (h)||W 4-1||Fiorentina (h)||W 2-1||Torino (h)||W 2-0||Bari (a)||W 1-0|
|AC Milan (a)||W 4-3||Inter (a)||W 2-1||Novara (a)||D 1-1||Roma (h)||W 4-1|
|Ascoli (h)||W 2-0||Palermo (h)||W 3-0||AC Milan (h)||W 2-0||Sampdoria (a)||W 2-0|
|Parma (a)||W 2-1||Lazio (a)||W 1-0||Roma (h)||W 2-0||Cremonese (h)||W 3-1|
|Reggina (h)||W 1-0||Napoli (a)||D 3-3||Triestina (h)||W 1-0||Inter (a)||D 1-1|
|Palermo (a)||W 2-1||Cesena (h)||W 2-0||Napoli (a)||W 4-2||Torino (h)||W 2-0|
|Siena (h)||W 2-0||Roma (a)||D 1-1||SPAL (h)||D 0-0||Lazio (a)||D 1-1|
|Empoli (a)||W 3-0||Novara (h)||W 2-0||Sampdoria (h)||D 0-0||Napoli (h)||W 5-0|
|Messina (h)||W 2-0||Udinese (a)||D 0-0||Lazio (a)||D 2-2||Verona (a)||W 1-0|
|Lazio (a)||W 2-0||Lecce (a)||W 1-0||Genoa (h)||W 3-1||Foggia (h)||W 3-1|
|Atalanta (h)||W 2-1||Cagliari (h)||D 1-1||Pro Patria (h)||W 4-1||Ascoli (h)||W 4-1|
|Torino (a)||W 3-1||Atalanta (a)||W 2-0||Padova (a)||W 1-0||Cagliari (a)||W 4-1|
|Fiorentina (h)||W 3-1||Udinese (h)||W 2-1||Juventus (h)||W 2-0||Juventus (h)||D 1-1|
|Sampdoria (a)||W 2-0||Siena (h)||D 0-0||Inter (a)||W 3-1||Fiorentina (a)||D 0-0|
|Chievo (a)||W 2-0||Parma (a)||D 0-0||Bologna (h)||D 0-0||Genoa (a)||D 0-0|
|Cagliari (h)||W 1-0||Catania (h)||W 3-1||Atalanta (a)||D 0-0||Atalanta (h)||W 3-1|
|Catania (a)||W 5-2||AC Milan (a)||D 1-1||Vicenza (h)||W 2-0||Parma (a)||W 3-1|
|Udinese (h)||D 1-1||Chievo (h)||D 1-1||Torino (a)||W 1-0||Bari (h)||W 2-0|
|Livorno (a)||W 2-1||Bologna (a)||D 1-1||Novara (h)||W 4-2||Roma (a)||D 1-1|
|AC Milan (h)||W 2-1||Genoa (a)||D 0-0||AC Milan (h)||W 3-0||Sampdoria (h)||W 5-1|
|Ascoli (a)||W 2-1||Fiorentina (a)||W 5-0||Roma (a)||D 1-1||Cremonese (a)||D 1-1|
|Parma (h)||W 2-0||Inter (h)||W 2-0||Triestina (a)||D 1-1||Inter (h)||W 1-0|
|Reggina (a)||D 0-0||Napoli (h)||W 3-0||Napoli (h)||D 0-0||Torino (a)||D 2-2|
|Palermo (h)||D 2-2||Palermo (a)||W 2-0||SPAL (a)||W 1-0||Lazio (h)||W 2-0|
|Lazio (h)||W 2-1||Sampdoria (a)||D 0-0||Napoli (a)||D 1-1|
|Lazio (h)||W 4-1||Verona (h)||W 4-0|
|Foggia (a)||W 8-2|
At that point, the Bianconeri would be just one game short of the single-season undefeated streak set by Fabio Capello’s AC Milan side of 1991-92, who went through the entire term undefeated in what was the former England boss’ first year at the helm. It is worth noting that Perugia also finished a campaign unbeaten, in 1978-79, but did so at a time when there were only 16 teams in Serie A.
|LONGEST UNDEFEATED STREAKS
May 91-Mar 93
Apr 55-Jun 56
May 78-Oct 79
Apr 06-Apr 07
The Giallorossi will not want for motivation as they are chasing a Champions League place and will also take great encouragement out of having given Juve all sorts of trouble when the two sides met at the Stadio Olimpico in December at a time when Roma’s players were still struggling to adapt to life under new coach Luis Enrique.
Still, get past Roma tonight and the hype will really start to build because Juve finish their campaign against Cesena, Novara, Lecce, Cagliari and Atalanta. Of those five sides, Atalanta are placed highest in the table, and they are only 11th, while three of the other four account for the entire relegation zone. History really will be there for the taking.
However, the Bianconeri will have some way to go before they break the all-time undefeated record in Serie A. Yes, their current run actually extends back to the final game of last season, meaning their overall tally stands at 33 games, but that aforementioned Milan side ultimately went unbeaten for a staggering 58 matches between May 26, 1991 and March 21, 1993.
Coincidentally, their streak started against Parma and ended against Parma, with enigmatic Colombian forward Faustino Asprilla earning the Gialloblu a 1-0 victory over the Rossoneri at San Siro with a 25-metre free kick.
Still, such statistics will be the last thing on Conte's mind at the moment. Like any good coach, he will be taking things just one game at a time.