Serie A in 2014 belongs to Juventus, who have continued to dominate Italy’s top flight despite growing pressure from Rudi Garcia’s Roma.
The Old Lady won a third title on the spin in May under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, and top the league at Christmas yet again despite the appointment of Massimiliano Allegri back in the summer.
European struggles aside they continue to look as well-drilled and ruthless as ever, and will be hoping for more domestic glory in 2015.
May saw the club win the Scudetto once again, though was bittersweet with the triumph marred by the departure of Conte mere days later.
However it was yet another season to remember, with the club amassing a huge 102 points over 38 games, 17 points clear of Roma who finished as runners-up.
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In that time they won 33 of their league fixtures – a new record for the division – and also won all 19 of their home games in Turin to ensure the Juventus Stadium remain a fortress.
Carlos Tevez was signed from Manchester City last summer and topped the club’s scoring charts for the calendar year, with the Argentine the undisputed figurehead of this successful side.
Winning a record 32nd league title was the highlight of the year, and made especially sweet by the stern challenge of Garcia’s side who amassed their best-ever points tally of 85 only to end the season without any silverware to their name.
Allegri’s appointment as Conte’s successor back in the summer raised eyebrows given the way his AC Milan side slumped last term, but he has silenced his critics by building on the empire of his predecessor.
They continue to break records having won their first five games of this season without conceding a goal, though saw their record 25-game home winning run end with a surprise draw against Sampdoria earlier this month.
Alvaro Morata and Patrice Evra both touched down from Real Madrid and Manchester United, and have consequently strengthened the squad and given the ex-Milan manager a huge chance to win the title in his first season at the club.
His side currently head into the festive break three points clear at the summit, and will be looking to push on in the second half of the season to ensure they remain untouchable at the top of Serie A.
New Year hopes
The Old Lady will be looking to continue their dominance in 2015, and a move for Radamel Falcao would only boost their chances of a fourth title in a row.
2014 has been the year of Juventus. Next year could be the same unless Garcia manages to mastermind one of the most shocking title triumphs in recent memory.
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