Juventus shook off any potential after effects of Wednesday’s Champions League elimination by producing a convincing display in yesterday’s 4-0 demolition of Serie A strugglers Sassuolo.
A stellar Carlos Tevez performance rightly saw the summer signing take the plaudits from his adoring public when he departed the action on 70 minutes, having contributed a hat-trick and an inch-perfect free-kick to set up Federico Peluso for the Bianconeri’s second of the night, his fourth assist of the season.
The three goals from a total of nine attempts on goal, almost half the hosts’ total of 20, represented the Argentine’s first treble since April 2012, when his exploits helped Manchester City to a 6-1 away win over Norwich at Carrow Road.
In truth, Sassuolo showed little signs of repeating their previous heroics in halting this season’s Serie A title challengers outside of Emilia-Romagna as they succumbed to the weight of pressure inflicted upon them in the final third.
The shell-shocked visitors rallied at the start of the second half and, aided by the introduction of Simone Zaza from the substitutes bench, attempted to muster a response to their three-goal deficit.
But while their determination could not be brought into question, Gigi Buffon, who extended his personal Serie A record without conceding to 730 minutes, enjoyed a comfortable night between the posts, remaining untroubled from the 12 Neroverdi shots that failed to hit the target.
Since dipping in Florence on Sunday 20 October, Juventus have embarked on a formidable run of eight straight league wins without conceding, scoring 19 goals in the process.
This rich vein of form has led the team to reestablish their status the only Italian side to record at least 43 points after 16 Serie A games, a feat that has been achieved on two previous occasions: 44 in 1949/40 and 43 in 2005/06.