Juventus – Napoli: Juventus assert superiority after falling behind (3-1)

Following a promising high-pressing start from Napoli that gave the visitors an early lead, Juventus, asserted their superiority and ran away with the Serie A lead. Even though he did not score, Cristiano Ronaldo played his best game so far for Juve.

Seven is the number of the moment for Juventus. They won the last seven Serie A titles. They just signed a pretty famous number seven. And they have won the first seven games of this season.

This season is all about winning the Champions League as Juventus invested heavily to assemble an incredible squad, but here, they were facing their main opponents on the domestic front. Napoli had won five in six in Serie A, with some tough fixtures, and had ambitions to show they were serious contenders for the scudetto.

We have seen Juventus play in several different ways this season, with Massimiliano Allegri showing great flexibility and using the potential of his squad to the fullest, so predicting how the hosts would line up was a tough task. Allegri opted for a 4-3-3 with Wojciech Szczęsny, Emre Can, Alex Sandro, Mario Mandžukić and Giorgio Chiellini returning to the side. Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Leonardo Spinazzola remained injured, while Douglas Costa was still suspended for his antics against Sassuolo.

Juventus building from the back. Napoli started the game pressing high in a high block.

Carlo Ancelotti stayed faithful to his recent switch to a 4-4-2. Ancelotti is a ‘system adapted to players’ rather than a ‘players adapted to system’ kind of manager, and usually takes advantage of . . .

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Sérgio Sampaio (30) is an amateur football analyst and author of the blog Segundo Volante (segundovolante.com). You can find him watching, and perhaps writing about, all kinds of football: more likely to watch an Europa League qualifier in the summer than friendlies, only to then complain about the quality of the game. He abandons reason when it comes to believing FC Famalicão will play European football in his lifetime. [ View all posts ]

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