Sunday October 21 2012
Still Juventus

Juventus confirmed their dominance over Serie A and Napoli even when missing star players, as Susy Campanale points out they are the most three-dimensional side.

The old saying goes: ‘Still waters run deep.’ It means that below an apparently calm surface you find unexpected layers. It is still Juventus who change and yet remain the same, who keep calm in crisis and reveal remarkable strength in depth. It is still Juventus at the top, where they have been for well over a year. Napoli had been able to ripple the waters in the Coppa Italia Final and the contentious Italian Super Cup, but not in Turin.

When a team wins without two of their most decisive players, that suggests real solidity. Add to that two substitutes who get the goals, ensuring 12 different names have been on the scoresheet in eight matches, and you have a side that looks unbeatable. Even though Gigi Buffon and Mirko Vucinic were out of action, the Bianconeri still seemed fairly comfortable against a full-strength Napoli and Marco Storari had precious little to do. Only Edinson Cavani’s majestic free kick rattled the woodwork in the first half, as he showed no signs of fatigue from the long intercontinental trip.

It is absolutely fitting that the goals should’ve come from Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba. The first a tried and tested soldier for the cause who is happy to step in when needed and already scored crucial goals last season against Milan. The second a smart Bosman signing who can represent the future of the club and chose the perfect time to break his Serie A duck. Even Beppe Marotta’s harshest critics have to acknowledge this team was built with economic alacrity, as Andrea Pirlo and Pogba were free transfers, while Caceres was originally tested on loan before they took up their option this summer and Kwadwo Asamoah was an absolute bargain from Udinese. They may not have signed a ‘top player’ this summer, but Juventus have a squad that more than makes up for that.

On the other hand, Napoli proved once again they have an excellent first XI and little else. Lorenzo Insigne was only introduced after they were 2-0 down despite Goran Pandev having an off day, but remains the lone real option to come off the bench. Could you take away two of their regular starters and expect a victory in a Scudetto showdown? Highly unlikely. The Partenopei did not play badly in Turin, but the fact remains they are powered by enthusiasm. If they had scored an opener, then maybe Napoli would’ve gone on to get a result. Instead they conceded two in two minutes and were visibly shaken to the core. That is not what champions are made of and Napoli still have a way to go. 

Have your say...
Juve doesn't need a stiker, but hey need two good wingers. Ever since nedved and camoranesi hanged their boots the juve attack line started to suffer. Last night game against the danes i saw de ceglie and isla attempting to cross more than 50 times but their crosses eneded in the legs of the defense. Juve needs wingers who can beat the defens line and square a clean cut ball inside the box leaving it for the striker to tap in!!! don't you agree with me
on the 24th October, 2012 at 11:28am
For me the League is by far the most important thing, way more important than the so called Champions League. This game was one of the most tactical encounters I have ever seen and Juventus proved again that they are the masters of patience and staying strong till the last second. If we had a prolific striker we would be near perfect, but as 13 players have already found the net this season, we can still retain the Scudetto without one. The Champions League is where a top striker is essential.
on the 23rd October, 2012 at 10:36pm

Napoli had more possession, check the stats, what are you talking about?

Those Juve princesses need to harden up, the first 15 mins there was a Juve player on the floor every 5 seconds.
on the 23rd October, 2012 at 2:44am
All Juve is missing now is a top striker, i would love to see Falcao in a Juve top, we have a great midfield and defence, I think we can really compete in Europe. I agree with Viktor about what he said about Mustafa what right do you have to criticise Susy like that. FORZA JUVE!!!
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 6:51pm
The best thing out of this result is that a wounded Napoli are still a great side and will take points from the other pretenders, Inter and Lazio. The benefits of the victory will be more than three points - I estimate it will be worth seven
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 2:03pm
Couldn't agree with Pado any more. This Napoli team is classless. Last year their excuse was they were in champions league, now it's tunnels under the stadium. Most disrespectful is the action of their fans destorying the stadium.
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 1:30pm
yes- Juventus have a very impressive squad, particularly in midfield. I think we could still do with one more central defender, because we had a tough time against Shaktar. Also, we need to get a world class striker to make the step up from Italian Champions to european champions. We need more from Giovinco and Vucinic in a creative sense, and we need to see what Pogba can do. Finally, we need to find out what is wrong with Vidal. But in Serie A, it looks good for us- only Inter to worry about!
on the 22nd October, 2012 at 3:15am
While the team's versatility is impressive, Juventus still has a lot to do, Vidal has to sort out his drop in form and our strikers need to be more clinical in front of goal. In all i see a bright future for juventus.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 10:02pm
So many stupid comments around here. Let's not get carried away with a win to Napoli - there's still the San Paolo to beat them and let's face it - if we're to win the scudetto again the battle will be the next game against Napoli.
I must say I admire the versatility of this team. I have been a supporter of Juve since Calciopoli and this is the first time a talent like Pogba emerges in Bianconeri. This is a great joy for all of us - we are winning titles now but have an amazing next generation!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:21pm
Juve are clearly in Napoli's heads now. Using Hamsik to mark Pirlo, checking for secret tunnels for Conte to use, WM refusing to admit what was obvious to everyone else....

Juve now leads Serie A in both Goals and Goals Against, even without a proper top hitman. Go out and get one in January and the sky will be the limit for this sides potetential.

Serie A is not won in October, with both Inter and Lazio showing well also. Juve need to keep it up cause the next couple weeks will be taxing.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:07pm
I'm stunned. What a comeback. Very pleased. Well done to the players. Perhaps I was a little harsh, but the win papers over the cracks. Zeman for me isnt the man to take us forward. Our defense is one of the worst if not the worst in serie A, to play in such an attacking way is great if you have a great defense, we dont. Going forward with Totti, Osvaldo, Lamela and Destro we are amazing. Osvaldo is a quality player, but he must control his temper or risk costing both Italy and Roma dear.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 8:45pm
@ Viktor

Shut up
on the 21st October, 2012 at 7:47pm
Its the usual crap. 2-0 down against Genoa after 15 minutes. Pathetic pathetic pathetic. What a joke we are. Zeman has to go, and take his style of football with him. Its going to be another crap season and a 3rd year of no european football. Sort it out the fans deserve better. They are a disgrace they arent fit to wear the shirt.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 7:11pm
We should not get carried away and treat the league like crap, i agree that the UCL is the most important to us, I hope the stars could get their rest though. With all the games coming fast and compacted, we need the stars for important games. All teams in Serie A should be respected and are capable of causing an upset anytime. We should not under estimate anyone.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 6:06pm
forza juve!i like the way u played yestarday matched btwn napoli,the only thing dat we re lackin is top striker like llorente or drogba,conte we always behind u.must signed one of dem in jan transfer window to fulfill our team.forza juve,juve for life
on the 21st October, 2012 at 4:36pm

"You're just trying to gain your reputation back, from a Juventus route"?!?
You didnt bring anything new??

What the hell ar you talking about. Show the editor some respect.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 3:49pm
Winning the Scudetto is as much about character as it is footballing skill. Napol's lack of character was seen yesterday. When they could not take possession they resorted to violent fouls. This is not the behavior of champions. Juventus are certainly not to be crowned after only 8 rounds, and there is still a dogfight coming, but perhaps Napoli is not the biggest threat to Juve after all.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 3:48pm
FROZA JUVE, I love it when a team does not depend on a particular player. This team should be an example to the others, I guess its only Buffon who is yet to score for juve. I love this team and I will forever be a juevntus fan. But I guess Conte should also focus on the CL, as it is also a priority.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 3:28pm
Titles aren't won in October, lets not get carried away. Juve look strong but there is still time. Certainly Napoli are the only side that will get close.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 2:48pm
All that is missing for Juve is a Llorente or a Drogba(short term)and the european cup could come back to turin. Juve have so much quality but they are missing the final piece of the jigsaw. Cassano has already scored today for inter and is pulling the strings as usual. ARE YOU WATCHING PRANDELLI?. How he wasnt called up is a disgrace, I think there is more to it than meets the eye. Upset Lazio won again as a big Roma fan but they are unfortunately playing well so far.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 1:59pm
It was a great game that ended well for Juventus. Even when the game was still scoreless, i knew Napoli will crumble in the dying minutes.2 great subtitution that killed the game for Juve!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 12:42pm
Dear binanconero, why ur so happy with that victory?! It's obvious that we are the strongest in serie A! The rest of the team are weak, not like 9 years ago! Now to prove we are a tough team we should compete and be serious candidate to win CL. That is the real position of juve in Europe. We have 30 scudetto with only 2 UEFA titles! It's CL that matters the most for us!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 12:41pm
Can't wait for Conte to get back on the bench in December, I'm hopefull for Scudetto 29/31 albeit not expectant yet - still a long way to go.

As for Napoli, I'm pleased to see them back up here with the big guns, and hope they continue to climb, however their bitterness is seriously ruining credibility at the moment. I had high hopes that they could be the anti-Inter, as a team built on passion and drive instead of money and mind-games.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 12:01pm
Juve are showing that they are more than just star names, they are a unit of dedicated and talented players. They mustn't get too big for their shoes! Let's see if they can transfer this great attitude and goalscoring to the Champions League!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 11:31am
Marrzari keeps saying he is or might leave.... Why don't you just do it then!! Go cry on a beech somewhere zzzzzzz he bores me
on the 21st October, 2012 at 11:04am
Considering Susy is a Milan fan, this is a very humble article and I take my hat off to you.

We're still a couple of players short of being a major competitor in Europe I think, and a top striker & a flair player is a necessity... Drogba in January would be a magnificent short term solution and securing the signature of Giuseppe Rossi while he's relatively cheap would also be good business so that he will be fit and raring to go for next season.

on the 21st October, 2012 at 10:36am
I thought Napoli playerd very well and they showed teh ya re on a par wtih Juve!! which is very great to see!! Juventus did not find a breakthrought either until the 80th minute. Well done Napoli they are defintely a big boy again and will compete for CL this season!!ANd maybe even more...
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:52am
If Juventus only had Cavani, Falcao or Van Persie they would be close to perfect. Better buy one top player net year than three players come next summer.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:46am
Whilst Mazzarri has done a great job at Napoli, there are areas where he needs to improve. One is giving youth a chance, Insigne really should be getting more football. He is also very predictable with his tactics, & doesn't have any contingencies. As for Juve, the striker situation remains a concern. If they had the world class forwards, to mirror their world class keeper, defence, & midfield, then they really could be mentioned in the same breath as Barca/Madrid.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:39am
Juve is the best team in Italy for good reason and the win against Napoli proved it once again. To have both subs scoring is pretty special.

Mazzarri is thinking of quitting Napoli at the end of the season and might be a good idea. He should have brought Insigne on a lot earlier. The younger defenders also need their chances too. Aronica needs to go and maybe even Campagnaro.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:37am

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