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. 

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Have your say...
Mazzarri constantly complained about the ref. over the past three games against Juve, last night he couldn't use that excuse anymore as his players played as someone else already said "street thugs". Yet after this loss i expected him to be a man and admit Juve were the better side, instead he couldn't even admit that Napoli played poorly. For me this win makes up for the bitterness i feel against Napoli for throwing the Europa League away like it wasn't anything more than a friendly.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 9:17am
Well said, Susy.

What I've been wondering is why Napoli play like street thugs every time they visit Turin. I know they are a physical side, but the thug mentality seems to double.

Oh, and what bik said. Juventus need a world-class striker or just give Bendtner more chance.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 8:14am
Guys, did you ever have a doubt about SerieA domination? It's Juventus domination for the next 3 year at least! The weakness of SerieA clubs is helping Juve. Everyone else is going Juve's opposite direction, continuous decline!
Chill people, Champions League is what we care about...SerieA is a walk for Juventus.
Conte must start resting the big guns in SerieA, starting from Catania game!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 8:13am
Last night, Juventus showed us all that they deserved to be on top. Angelo Alessio made two brilliant substitutions while Walter Mazzari got no idea what to do to break the deadlock. Two goals in two minutes were enough for Juve to overcome Napoli. Susy's writing has no bias or mistake. She wrote it as it happened.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 8:06am
Well said..
on the 21st October, 2012 at 7:27am
My my my Juve yet again you prove you are the best team in Serie A....Napoli huffed and puffed and couldn't even get in our front garden let alone blow our house down...We are a group if warriors that never surrender...Now boys lets continue the march to the title and we need a lot of goals Tuesday against Norway...oh and well played last night Milan Serie B on its way? FOOOOOOORZZZZA JUVE
on the 21st October, 2012 at 6:27am
I said this b4 n I'll say it again.
In Turin,u need a weapon of mass destruction n 22 players on d pitch against this Our Juventus side, n u'll be lucky to get away with a draw!! Forza Juventus.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 6:06am
Damn!! I thought Napoli was a team!!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:47am
That must've been hard for a Milanista to write!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:36am
True.napoli were never champion material. Juve shown us all. But that's not the end for hopefull napoli.. But, this will again be juve vs INTER. The only team that is capable to shake juve to its core is THE NERAZZURRI.. Everyone knows this, even the harshest critics.. FORZA INTER!! Were coming juve!!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:30am
i think Juventus is going through one of its best times in history and in the coming weeks and months seems that no one can stop them...they simply look like a train without a brake! Unstoppable...the mastermind of all this is CONTE, he managaed to build strong team mentaly and physically and he knows easly how to adapt different tactics once its necessary. all Italy should be praud of this team and take role model of how to build destroyed team to one of the most feared team in Europe now
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:27am
Yeah, Juve need a real striker, or at least they give Bentner some chances for now..
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:23am
pogba pogba pogba pogba pogba gooooooooal gooooooaal goooooooooal amazing game forza yuve
on the 21st October, 2012 at 5:12am
this is juventus I support 16 years ago when i was 15
on the 21st October, 2012 at 3:15am

I hoped, before I enter to read the full article, that you wouldn't bring Muntari's Goal in it.

I guess everbody already knows and understands what Juve are made of. So, with all do respect, you didn't bring anything new.

You're just trying to gain your reputation back, from a Juventus route.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 2:40am
Attention !

Susy has become a Juventus fan !
on the 21st October, 2012 at 2:36am
Mazzari was stupid to bring in Insigne on the 82nd minute. Insigne has been in amazing form and could have been the player to uplift Napoli. Mazzari will never make the right decisions in big games.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 2:25am
Susy... i usually hold.back from commenting on your articles..
But enough is enough... this website is very.biased... napoli have 3-4 international players on their bench. Edu Vargas, Lorenzo Insigne. Blerim dzemiali, fredirico Fernandez, and also some others whom can handle them selves on the pitch juve did a solid job of shutting down napoli. Pandev played.fine he controlled the ball very well. I think magio needs and the napoli mid field need to work on moving the ball forward.
on the 21st October, 2012 at 12:52am
Absolutely true article. The power of the team spirit that was infused by Conte still remains the main reason that Juventus is still unbeatten in 47 games and is going for the Milan's record.Forza Juve!!!
on the 21st October, 2012 at 12:37am

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