If an element of inspiration is required ahead of this weekend’s clash with Sampdoria at Juventus Stadium, Antonio Conte’s men need look no further than club legend Roberto Bettega, who always appeared to save his best form for meetings against the Blucerchiati.
‘Bobby Gol’, as he was affectionately known by the black and white faithful, is the most prolific goalscorer in clashes between the two sides, netting an impressive seven in eight appearances.
His purple patch began on 2 May 1971, when he squeezed the ball past Pietro Battara on the way to a 3-1 triumph for the Bianconeri. The following season brought the same outcome, this time with a double from the talismanic striker as Cestmir Vycpalek’s men coasted to another comfortable victory.
Bettega continued to prove the thorn in Sampdoria’s side two years later, pouncing at the start of either half to leave opposition goalkeeper Massimo Cacciatori floundering.
And it was the same shot-stopper who succumbed to the striker’s killer instinct during the 1976/77 campaign, shipping the third and final goal in a resounding 3-0 success.
In 1983, the final year of Bettega’s association with the Bianconeri, he came off the bench to beat Paolo Conti on 85 minutes and seemingly guarantee the hosts a last-gasp triumph. However, Sampdoria’s Andrea Scanziani would eventually have the final say, netting late on to seal a point apiece.