The 2011-12Â SerieÂ A season was an historic one forÂ Juventus. After the nadir of theÂ CalciopoliÂ scandal in 2006, last term was vindication for six years of ridicule and hard work.
A succession of Coaches have come and gone since then, some good and some bad, but with AntonioÂ ConteÂ in charge, it was hard forÂ BianconeriÂ fans to remember a timeÂ JuveÂ dominated Italian football the way they did for the entirety of that season.
The Turin giants didn't so much beat sides last term asÂ pulverisedÂ them. 4-0 wins over Roma andÂ Novara, plus a 5-0 victory againstÂ FiorentinaÂ that confirmed theirÂ ScudettoÂ credentials. It wasn't the high-scoring games that impressed fans and pundits alike though.
What was most unnerving for the rest of the peninsula was the way they could dominate a game for start to finish. Of the 38 matches they played in 2011-12, 17 of them were won by a one or two goal deficit â€“ and not once did they look like losing.
It was hard to see then how they could improve on that monumental campaign, but with 13Â SerieÂ A games gone and a Champions League group stage almost complete, it seems they may just have done that with the addition ofÂ KwadwoÂ Asamoah.
The Ghana international joined the club fromÂ UdineseÂ over the summer in a co-ownership deal.
The fact thatÂ Conte'sÂ side fought off Manchester United tells you a lot about the quality of the 23-year-old, but with his performances so far this term, it could be argued that he is now aÂ lynchpinÂ to the Old Lady.
Alongside StephanÂ LichtsteinerÂ on the right-flank,Â AsamoahÂ has made the left wing-back position his own and turned their 3-5-2 formation into a fluid and free-flowing tactical system.
FabioÂ CapelloÂ called it 'a step back' for the Italian game, but as they proved on Tuesday against reigning European champions Chelsea,Â JuveÂ have turned the formation into an entirely positive one â€“ giving width and defensive stability all at the same time.
AsamoahÂ has been given the task of doing all these things at once, but instead of shrinking in the high-pressure environment of Turin, he has prospered into one of the best wide-men in Europe.
His pace, agility, natural fitness and decision-making have seen him lay on six assists already for his team-mates, and score two goals at Genoa and Pescara.
Replacing Paolo DeÂ CeglieÂ in the position has been a massive positive for theÂ Bianconeri, and has made them genuine contenders at home and abroad.
We've seen all too often the difficulty with juggling a domestic and European campaign.
Manchester City haven't been able to make it out of the group for the past two years,Â BorussiaÂ Dortmund were felled by Arsenal andÂ Marseillelast season. And yet,Â JuventusÂ are close to doing it, thanks to the extra dimension offered to them byÂ Asamoah.
Fans and media outletsÂ clamourÂ over the majesty of AndreaÂ Pirlo, the warrior heart of Arturo Vidal and the home-grown talents of ClaudioÂ Marchisio, and rightly so. But for my money, the person who has really made LaÂ VecchiaSignora tick this season has been the youngster from Africa, pounding down the wing.