It was a case of quality over quantity at Juventus Stadium last night: although Napoli had a slightly superior share of the possession, Juve ran out 3-0 winners thanks to moments of world-class genius from Fernando Llorente, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba that reflect an overall greater effectiveness.
Their three wonderful goals mean the Bianconeri are now unbeaten in six Serie A games against the Partenopei and have jumped to within a solitary point of league leaders Roma.
In a reversal of the pattern that has unfolded all too frequently this season as far as Antonio Conte is concerned, with just one minute and 13 seconds played it was Juve who took an early lead through Llorente.
Napoli then needed to chase the game, something which explains the 55% of the ball they managed to muster and the higher number of passes they made as they attempted to up the tempo.
But to this greater time on the ball Juve responded with an imperious precision that saw 10 out of their 14 shots end up on target, compared to just six from 13 for the Partenopei.
As reliably precise as ever from dead-ball situations was Pirlo, whose unstoppably powerful strike for the second goal was his 17th converted free-kick in Serie A since 2004/05, more than any other player has managed over that period.
All of both Carlos Tevez and Llorente’s shots were on target, and the defenders also had a solid game, with Andrea Barzagli in particular putting in an excellent performance over the course of which he made a total of 23 tackles.