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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Juventus vs Napoli Match Report

Last nights clash between arguably Italy's finest was a very important one for both sides. Roma were held to a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo in the earlier game which meant that the winners of the game would move to just one point behind the leaders.

Juve went out knowing what they had to do and had the dream start when Isla's shot found Tevez who flicked it on to Llorente who was able to flick it past Reina from close range in just the 2nd minute. Juve were on fire and bulldozing the Neapolitan defence and moments after the goal Bonucci should have doubled the lead but his header was saved from point blank distance by Reina.

The Bianconeri came out in the second half full of confidence after an amazing first half performance where Reina kept them in the game however it seemed that Benitez had, had a word with his players who came out playing like a different side. They were pushing Juve and Insinge, Higuain and Hamsik all having their fair share of chances but when we received a free kick 25 yards out in the 70th minute Napoli could sense trouble. It was perfect Pirlo range and he didn't disappoint with a great free kick gave the Bianconeri a two goal cushion. However not long after Napoli could have opened up the game once again when Buffon was called upon to make a world class save. Despite this the game was sealed in the 80th minute when Paul Pogba shot a wonder goal to seal the victory. Minutes after new signing Angelo Ogbonna was sent off for two bookable offences but this was not enough to give Napoli a chance to get back in the game.

The performance against Napoli really was the best I have seen Juve play in a long time. It was a crucial game to win and everyone performed even the likes of Isla who has had a lot of criticism lately due to poor performances impressed. This game shows that Juve's bad start is now in the past and being a single point behind Roma the confidence in the Juve camp is high. Llorente is scoring the goals, the defence is keeping clean sheets and the midfield is one of the best in Europe the way Juve are playing at the moment really is impressive.