And now, we exhale.
Juventus have proven multiple times that they're a second half team. Just when you think the game might be going straight to a draw, in comes the Old Lady to swoop in for three points and the win.
But Saturday's game had a different feeling. Not because of the way Juve were playing, but because of the way the game was going. There were fouls — a lot of them. There were cards — a lot of them. There were non-calls — a lot of them.
Napoli were physical as hell and everything you'd expect from two teams with 3-5-2 formations going against one another happened. The midfield was crowded. The backlines were hard to break down once either team attempt an attack on the opponent's goal.
Then, within two minutes, the game went from hanging in the balance with 10 minutes of regular remaining to Juventus Stadium going absolutely bonkers thanks to another Juve victory almost certain.
Martin Caceres header. 1-0.
Paul Pogba volley from outside the box. 2-0.
Game. Set. Match.
When a coach — or, in this case, an assistant coach — can pull the right strings and have his substitutes decide a game like they did for Juventus today, there's no better feeling in the world. And especially for both subs to score the only two goals — fantastic. That's the definition of squad depth.
I mean, how many teams wish they had a Caceres or Pogba in their starting lineup?
Juventus have them coming off the bench. That's a wonderful thing to have, ladies and gentlemen. There's a reason this team is now unbeaten in 47 straight Serie A games.
Oh, and Marco Storari didn't have to make a single save. No Gigi, no problem.
My Man of the Match: It's tough to say, really. WhoScored loves them some Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio. And that makes sense because both of them were very good. You could really pick about five different players as MOTM and I'd totally understand why. However, I'm going to go with the little smallest guy on the field, Sebastian Giovinco. In a very physical match, Giovinco definitely showed that he could hang. He was very lively in the final third and shielded defenders off the ball very well.
Who was your Man of the Match?
Giorgio Chiellini (11 votes)
Claudio Marchisio (53 votes)
Kwadwo Asamoah (16 votes)
Martin Caceres (11 votes)
Sebastian Giovinco (38 votes)
129 total votes