Beating Napoli 1-Zero, Juventus blew the title race large open and despatched an vital sign to their rivals and to the various who proceed to doubt them. An inspiring efficiency, Juventus are nonetheless the staff to beat for the straightforward sake that few boast the intelligence of a facet that understands tips on how to play to its strengths and exploit the weaknesses of their opponent.
Napoli have been probably the most entertaining facet in Serie A this season however their sport plan is predictable and reliant on the vertical passes and the motion of the entrance three. By concocting the proper sport plan, Juventus slowed down the sport, stripped Napoli’s forwards of the passes they require and restricted the house. The house facet could have dominated possession however they could not make that depend in opposition to a Bianconeri facet that was conscious of its strengths.
An ideal counterattack was all Juventus wanted to safe all three factors and inflict the primary league defeat on a facet that had remained unbeaten in 9 months.
Positives: All the things from Juve’s willpower to their coronary heart ensured their success on a memorable evening however Douglas Costa’s efficiency particularly deserves all of the compliments. Contributing in each phases of the sport, he has proven the intelligence and generosity inside his sport, serving to De Sciglio in defence and recovering possession earlier than pushing ahead to encourage the ahead line. Boasting phenomenal method and a willpower to be a staff participant, if Costa continues like this, he shall be irreplaceable.
Negatives: It’s tough to criticise a facet that performed with intelligence and gained however maybe the staff ought to nonetheless count on slightly extra from Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira, who struggled to display their full vary of talents on this sport.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
eight — Massimiliano Allegri demonstrated that even when he is struggling to get well the fluidity, he can nonetheless outwit any and each opponent tactically. He had clearly ready his facet effectively, neutralising Napoli’s each energy whereas exploiting the intelligence of his facet. His gamers have been composed, defensively assured and decided and this might effectively be the efficiency they should push on this season. The most effective supervisor within the league.
Participant scores (1-10; 10=finest; gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking):
GK Gianluigi Buffon, 6 — When referred to as upon, he made the important saves required to maintain Juventus within the sport. All the time assured and concentrated.
DF Matias De Sciglio, 6 — Had a tough job on the evening contemplating how Napoli focus their assaults on his wing however the participant was composed, attentive and confirmed his potential. There have been a couple of nervy moments, a mistake however with the assistance of Costa, De Sciglio impressed.
DF Mehdi Benatia, 7 — Impeccable on the again for a defender who continues to enhance. Attentive, he cleared the whole lot in sight, was good along with his head and authoritative.
DF Giorgio Chiellini, 6 — A bit inaccurate, Chiellini wants to enhance his passing sport when below strain however in any other case a warrior when compelled to intercept, at all times available to rescue his staff from hazard.
DF Kwadwo Asamoah, 6 — Dependable and vital, Asamoah ensured Jose Callejon made no impression on the sport. Centered, decided and bodily, he could by no means boast the method to supply the attacking risk Juve want however he can at all times be relied on to supply solidity.
MF Sami Khedira, 6 — Good when Juventus misplaced possession, concentrating on the defensive facet of his sport however not as spectacular as standard.
MF Miralem Pjanic, 6 — Not his finest sport, making a mistake that just about allowed Napoli their second, however he grew into the sport albeit with out offering the passing sport that lights up Juve. Supplied the solidity in midfield.
MF Blaise Matuidi, 7 — Pressured Pepe Reina into performing a miraculous save but it surely was general work fee and mind that made him an important member of the staff. He coated floor, pressed the opponent and offered the vitality to maintain Juve on the entrance foot.
MF Douglas Costa, eight — Distinctive. Man of the match, Costa contributed everywhere in the pitch, utilizing his tempo, his method and generosity to provide an all-round good efficiency.
MF Paulo Dybala, 7 — The great thing about Dybala’s sport was how effectively he understood how and when to alleviate the strain on his facet, taking the ball and pushing ahead to supply respite. Clever and visionary, his help demonstrated his potential, at all times making the fitting choices. Beneficiant in all that he did to indicate he is a staff participant.
FW Gonzalo Higuain, eight — He wasn’t supposed to begin however fortunately he performed via the ache and scored the objective that secured all three factors. A predator and a winner.
MF Claudio Marchisio, 6 — Got here on and ensured his staff was protected. Tactically clever and strong.
MF Juan Cuadrado, N/A — Didn’t have sufficient time to make an impression.
MF Andrea Barzagli, N/A — Got here on to make sure solidity.
Mina Rzouki covers Juventus and the Italian nationwide staff for ESPN FC. Observe her on Twitter: @Minarzouki.