Juventus have looked rampant for most games of their club record thirteen-game Serie A winning streak. However, this game against Genoa at Juventus Stadium was not one of them. League leaders Napoli remained two points clear of the Bianconeri after also winning. Here is what manager Massimiliano Allegri had to say after the win.
"It's always difficult against Genoa because they are good at not letting you play.
"Sunday's 4-0 at Chievo created a lot of euphoria, but tonight our feet are back on the ground. This reminded us that there are no easy games.
Against Genoa, like last year, it ended 1-0. In a League there are always six or seven games in which you have to win playing badly. I call them 'dirty games' and they are fundamental.
"I am not interested in the record, as there are 15 rounds to go and we need to put together a certain number of victories, whether they are in a row or not is irrelevant."
Fans expecting him to lambast striker Simone Zaza for getting sent off will be surprised to see how calmly Allegri took it.
"I will have only two strikers at my disposal for the next game. Zaza is very eager and at times over-eager. He needs to relax, because when playing for a big club he must have balance. He needs to grow up, because these are mistakes he shouldn't be making."
The injury bug continued to attack Juve today, with Martin Caceres stretchered off in tears. Early unconfirmed reports say that the snake-bit defender might have torn his Achilles tendon. Patrice Evra also left the game with a reported muscular problem.
"Caceres is an extraordinary lad and a great defender. Tomorrow we'll see what the tests say, hopefully it's less serious than he thinks.
"I am not worried by the injuries. Stefano Sturaro had a knock against Verona and I didn't want to risk him. Kwadwo Asamoah will be back with the squad soon. Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic have to be evaluated day by day."
Finally - who saw this coming from Allegri after the horrendous start to the season we had?