For Daniele Rugani, playing against Empoli had the added flavour of taking on ex employers, having represented the Tuscan outfit last year.
As the 21-year-old strutted his stuff on the Juventus Stadium turf, intercepting opposition passes and playing the ball neatly out from the backline, it was clear that, while the defender clearly owes a great deal of his ability to the Azzurri, he has also made noticeable progress since arriving in Turin last summer.
“It was an emotional match for me, coming up against my former club,” he opened. “Nevertheless, I think that I dealt well with it all. I’m happy because we’ve claimed an important victory that takes us a step closer to our objective.