Federico Gatti scored the game winning goal in Juventus 1-0 win over Napoli on Friday evening, lifting the club to the top of Serie A
Gatti, who scored a thrilling late winner against Monza last Friday, scored early in this match against the reigning champions, but Naples couldn’t get through the Juventus defence.
Juventus won all three points against Napoli thanks to Federico Gatti’s goal, as the Turin giants surpassed Inter Milan at the top of Serie A and issued a severe message about their title credentials.
Napoli started the game well, being in Juventus’ half for the whole of the first half but unable to threaten.
Dusan Vlahovic’s error was nearly punished seconds later when Khvicha Kvaratskhelia sprinted onto Victor Osimhen’s pass but sent the ball over the bar.
Those were the finest opportunities in a fast-paced first half, but Juventus seemed pleased to hear the referee’s whistle signalling the end of the session.
Whatever Max Allegri told his team at halftime worked, as Juventus came out firing and quickly took the lead.
Andrea Cambiaso’s wonderful cross was delivered into a hazardous position, and Gatti was on hand to climb highest and tip Juventus ahead from close range.
Napoli pushed valiantly to get back into the game, and they thought they had when Osimhen reacted quickest to Wojciech Szczesny’s weak kick but failed to convert.
Despite their best attempts, Napoli were unable to locate the target as Juventus held on for what may be one of the season’s most vital victories.
Juventus and Max Allegri are no strangers to winning crowns in Italy, and they appear to be well suited to do so this season.
Juventus’ incredible run continues with a win against Napoli to move them to the top of the league, and they will be confident they can stay there for the rest of the season.
Allegri has taken some time to work his magic with this group of players after being gifted with a wealth of skill during his previous tenure at the club, but this team is working hard and winning ugly.
This might be Juventus’ season, and every other team in Serie A knows what happens when Juventus takes the lead. They generally remain.