Juventus followed up their midweek win over Genoa with a big 4-1 win over local rivals Torino to stretch their lead over Lazio to seven points, with the second-placed side getting thrashed by AC Milan in the late game.
Speaking after the game manager Maurizio Sarri credited the early goal by Paulo Dybala for a comfortable win.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game, but we went in front early and doubled our lead soon after.
"Perhaps that lulled us into a false sense of security, so Torino’s penalty made us lose control of the match. We were a bit chaotic at the start of the second half, but when fatigue set in, that’s when our quality emerged.”
Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored his first freekick for Juventus, taking 43 attempts to get it right. His 25th goal of the season was the first time a Juventus striker hit that mark since the legendary Omar Sivori in 1960-61.
“I honestly didn’t think this was bothering him, but at the end of the game he said: At last!”
Asked about his relationship with Dybala, Sarri talked about how he's getting the Argentine working in sync with Ronaldo.
“I have a strong rapport with Dybala, we are honest with each other and I never had the slightest doubts about him. He was just a little unlucky last season, I always told him how he should train and play, just as he told me what he thought.
“I think I’ve managed to convince him that he needs to play closer to Ronaldo and not track back so much into our own half to get the ball.”
Juan Cuadrado is having an excellent campaign at right back, and scored the Bianconeri's second goal.
“I have honestly been surprised not by Cuadrado’s quality, as we all knew that, but the hard work he puts in to play in defence.
“He has this level of concentration in training that is frankly extraordinary, so he’s become a good defender, maintaining his physicality and technique that he used in attack. His flank is fundamental, as he has either Federico Bernardeschi or Douglas Costa in front of him, so there’s always a lot going down that side.”
On a day filled with records, Gianluigi Buffon made his 648th appearance to set a new Serie A record for longevity. Alessandro Del Piero’s Juventus mark is just 35 away with Buffon signing on for one more season, would he be able to break that mark.
“Maybe… he definitely won’t beat the record for scoring goals, though!”