"Records are made to be broken," said Juventus coach Antonio Conte on the eve of Sunday's trip to Cagliari Calcio. Prophetic words as the Bianconeri won their 11th game in succession in Serie A, something the Turin giants had never previously achieved in their 116-year history.
The Bianconeri had won ten in a row in 1931/32 under legendary coach Carlo Carcano, who masterminded five consecutive Italian titles from 1930 to 1935, a period known as 'il quinquennio d'oro' – the golden quinquennial – for Juventus. The club record was broken with a 4-1 win at Cagliari despite falling behind early to Mauricio Pinilla. Fernando Llorente's header restored parity in the first half, and Claudio Marchisio, Stephen Lichtsteiner and Llorente all scored between the 73rd and 80th minute to decide the game, maintaining Juve's eight-point lead over last Sunday's victims AS Roma.
"We have done something extraordinary," said Conte. "This is a unique feature in more than 100 years of club history so I thanked the players for such a gift. Now our aim is to prolong the run as much as we can."
With such a winning mentality, victories must keep on coming, captain Gianluigi Buffon stressed. "We are proud of the record, hopefully this streak will be a long-lasting one," explained the Italy goalkeeper, who has conceded just two goals in the process. "But above all, our main target is to win a third Scudetto in a row, something that has not happened for the club in around 80 years.
"Maybe we won't manage to fully enjoy our great run right now," Buffon continued. "But I'm sure that with time we will appreciate this streak even more. We made history for a club like Juventus, which is a club like no other in Italy."
The Bianconeri may have not achieved the same success in Europe this season after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group but with the Juventus Stadium staging the UEFA Europa League final in May, Conte's men have still time to leave their mark beyond the Italian borders as well.
Juventus face Trabzonspor AŞ in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 on 20 and 27 February and Buffon believes his side have the potential to also do well in this competition. "We have always been able to make the difference in Italy, the results are proof of that," the 35-year-old said. "In Europe maybe something different is needed but I'm sure Conte will find the answers."
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