While the 2015/16 season did not start well for Juventus, the campaign ended in the best possible fashion on Saturday evening, as the Bianconeri lifted the Coppa Italia for the second consecutive year.
That 1-0 victory over AC Milan meant the Turin giants had become the first Italian club to clinch a domestic double in successive seasons, but even before leaving Rome's Stadio Olimpico, coach Massimiliano Allegri was already focusing on next term.
"We've now won three trophies this season, an achievement which leads me to thank the players, the club and the fans, who've been extraordinary again tonight," he told reporters at a press conference shortly after lifting the Coppa Italia on Sunday.
"We now look forward to the next campaign, which will present new challenges," the Juve boss continued, and what follows here—in no particular order—is a focus on five things for supporters to look forward to when the 2016/17 season gets underway.
As already mentioned, the 2015/16 season saw Juventus make a woeful start to the campaign, taking just five points from their opening six Serie A fixtures. They would fight back and begin to win with remarkable consistency, but one of the major reasons for those early struggles should not be repeated next term.
The squad underwent a major overhaul last summer, but this time around, it is likely to remain stable and contains a promising core of young players who have now become fully accustomed to the pressure of life with the Old Lady.
Paul Pogba finished the season strongly and is still just 23 years old, often finding himself in a starting XI featuring Paulo Dybala (22) and Alvaro Morata (23). The future of the Spain international remains unclear—and was discussed in this previous post—but Juventus are further bolstered by Daniele Rugani (21), Stefano Sturaro (23) and Mario Lemina (22).
As part of that growing young nucleus, Dybala made an incredible impact in his debut season with Juventus, as the 22-year-old weighed in with a team-high 19 goals and nine assists in 34 Serie A appearances.
Next year promises to bring even more from the Argentina international, who will need no time to adjust to playing with a new group of team-mates or settling in a new city when the 2016/17 campaign begins.
Those two aforementioned factors should combine to allow a smoother start next season, with Juventus far more likely to resemble the side that won 25 of their 26 league games from the end of October rather than the one that suffered those early jitters.
Having beaten Manchester City both home and away, Juventus' loss toSevilla in their final UEFA Champions League group-stage outing allowed the English club to pip them to top spot in the standings.
That in turn meant the Bianconeri were unseeded in the knockout rounds, drawing Bayern Munich in the last 16, where—despite giving a good account of themselves—they were eventually eliminated by the Bavarian giants.
Supporters will hope that gives the team an extra incentive to improve their performances in European football's elite competition next term, which will undoubtedly be something to look forward to in the 2016/17 season.
Finishing comfortably ahead of their domestic rivals, Juventus once again won the Serie A title, crowned champions for the fifth consecutive season to further underline their dominance on the Italian peninsula.
While the most recent was nothing like a procession, a sixth straight Scudetto would see the Bianconeri set a new record, which is a prospect their fanbase would undoubtedly relish.