Martin Caceres says the Bianconeri’s 3-1 victory over Napoli last Sunday was the perfect remedy following a tough few weeks in which they registered two draws in their previous three league matches.
The Uruguayan, who made his first return to action since suffering a thigh injury in October’s 3-2 home triumph against Roma, played a pivotal role during a pulsating 96 minutes of action in which he scored and defended admirably as the Old Lady made the trip back up to Turin with all three points.
Speaking to Sky Sport, the 27-year-old began by giving a quick word on a frustrating spell on the sidelines: “I’m still young, but this has undoubtedly been the most significant injury I’ve suffered. It was hard not being able to play for three months, especially whilst I watched my team-mates on from the sidelines. Luckily, I’m back with the squad.”
The Uruguayan’s second-half strike – which saw the reigning champions retake the lead in Naples – was his first in the black and white jersey since October 2012 when he scored against the Partenopei at Juventus Stadium.
Only too happy to provide a step-by-step guide of his goal to the broadcaster, Caceres said: “I readied myself as the free-kick was taken, managed to make a connection and scored.”
Sunday’s triumph at the San Paolo not only signified that Juventus were able to go into the next round of league fixtures three points clear of closest challengers Roma at the summit but Massimiliano Allegri’s men were also able to put a 14-year winless jinx in Naples firmly to bed.
And Caceres for one was pleased with how things turned out at a ground where it is notoriously difficult to come away with a positive result.
“We triumphed in a big game against Napoli. It was such an important match because we approached it after a couple of draws. I thought we did particularly well in how we reacted to Britos’ equaliser. Winning the way we did gives me great joy. Our victory was deserved.
“We go out on the pitch every game looking to give our all and we managed to return from the San Paolo, a place where we hadn’t won for many years, with all three points. That game enabled us to send out a message to the rest that we’re Juventus and we always go out there to win.”