A lot of us sat here one week ago after the loss to Inter in the Derby d'Italia and wondered how exactly Juventus would respond. Admit it. You're not alone. It was a genuine concern after such an emotional defeat.
Well, I think we now have our answer.
Two games, 10 goals.
Some may say "It's only Nordsjaelland and Pescara!" And you'd be right. But here's the thing: Juventus were coming off its first defeat in 18 months. EIGHTEEN. And it's not like there's any choice as to who is next on the schedule. It could have been one where they show some kind of hangover and therefore struggle in the next few games following to loss to Inter.
Instead, Juventus again came out with the mindset that can be only described as one to inflict complete destruction. The result: Juve were up 4-1 in the 37th minute on Sebastian Giovinco's fourth goal of the season.
Done. Dusted. Thanks for coming, ladies and gentlemen. We'll see you next weekend.
Every goal was pretty. Every goal was well taken. There was not one, but two bicycle kicks converted for goals. I ask you all which one was better, Fabio Quagliarella's or Kwadwo Asamoah's? Discuss.
Juventus took full advantage of Pescara's terrible defense and made them pay. Can't ask for much more than that.
Enjoyable game was enjoyable.
5 - The last time Juventus scored five goals in the first-half in Serie A was against Venezia in 1947, the match finished 7-3. History.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 10, 2012
My Man of the Match: Tough one. There's so many people I could choose.
Okay, fine. I'll go with the guy WhoScored gave a PERFECT 10, Fabio Quagliarella. Eta Beta took seven shots, scored three times, dished out a few assists. Just your average day at the office, right? Okay, maybe a little more than that. But the performance, Quags' first ever hat trick and the first from a Juventus player since Alessandro Del Piero against Atalanta in 2008, was absolutely sensational. If this is the same Fabio Quagliarella we saw before his knee absolutely blew up, then it will be a huge boost at a crucial point in the season. And the chemistry he's forming with Sebastian Giovinco isn't too bad, either.
Oh, and there's also this:
Taking penalties out of the equation, only El Shaarawy and Lamela have more league goals than Quagliarella this season.— Antonio Labbate (@antoniolabbate) November 10, 2012