Juventus came into their second game in three days in a fragile state following the complete collapse against Parma on Thursday, and there would be no shelter or solace to be found in an unforgiving Stadio San Paolo in Naples. Following a shocking opening goal where Edinson Cavani was allowed to run unmarked onto a free header, the side rallied well and looked to be rediscovering the grinta that had been so sorely lacking in the previous match.
Luca Toni, on a better-than-expected debut, scored what looked to be a valid equaliser only to see it ruled out by the referee for an alleged foul on ex-Juve goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis. From there Napoli dominated, carving open a demoralised Bianconeri defence time after time, gifting Cavani a second free header before the same player completed his hat-trick with a wonderful diving header.
- Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, even more than the fullbacks, should be embarrassed by their performances here. Yes Cavani played well, making some brilliant runs, but two international class central defenders should not lose a single striker with such alarming regularity
- Having said that Zdenek Grygera was poor and while Armand Traoré was not much better, he is a definite improvement on Fabio Grosso and was unlucky to suffer another injury at half time leading to his substitution.
- One of few bright spots in an otherwise shameful performance was the debut of Toni, who answered the sneers and criticism of his signing by making far more of an impact than Amauri has in a long long time. The Brazilian was once more a shell of a man alongside him
- Milos Krasic was subdued, perhaps by the lack of support but also continues to not receive any doubtful calls going in his favour as THAT dive continues to haunt him
- No matter how poorly Juve played, Cavani elevated his game to an immense level tonight, his intelligent and well-timed runs, superb finishing and all-round game only serving to highlight the deficiencies in the Juve attack.
Le Pagelle: Storari 6, Grygera 5, Bonucci 5, Chiellini 4.5, Traoré 5, Krasic 5.5, Marchisio 5.5, Aquilani 5.5, Pepe 5.5, Toni 6, Amauri 1 Subs: Grosso 5, Del Piero 6, Motta 5.5