The Turin side extended their dominance of Italian football when a 2-1 home win over mid-table Fiorentina on Saturday to clinch the championship with five games to spare — equalling the record for the earliest title win jointly held by Torino, Fiorentina and Inter Milan.

Juve, who have the joint-best attack and best defence in Serie A, also became the first team in one of Europe’s big five leagues to win eight titles in a row and are still on course to equal their own domestic Serie A record of 102 points.

Yet, despite Allegri’s protestations about how winning should never be undervalued, it was strangely unsatisfying, especially as it came four days after they were knocked out of the Champions League — the competition they really wanted to win — in the quarter-finals by Ajax Amsterdam.