Friday evening’s visit of Sassuolo to Juventus Stadium comes with an intriguing sub-plot, namely the possibility of Simone Zaza facing the club with whom he enjoyed two successful seasons between 2013 and 2015.
Nonetheless, the striker is viewing the upcoming encounter in Turin as just another opportunity for the Bianconeri to pick up the three points on offer in order to strengthen their bid for a fifth successive Scudetto title.
Speaking to the Sky cameras on Wednesday, he began: “Even when we’re not playing our best football, we still come up with the goods. That’s the most important thing. Right now we’re focused solely on Sassuolo, and only after then will our attentions turn to Bayern.”
Indeed, Zaza and company have plenty of reason to be wary of a Neroverdi outfit, who were the last team to defeat Juventus in the league, and to recognise the need of staying fully on their toes if they are to win an 18th match out of 19 since that sobering night in Reggio Emilia back in October.
“It was certainly a low point in our season. For me, there were also the added emotions of playing against my former club. Afterwards, the more experienced heads in the dressing room spoke out and each of us confronted our problems and started to show our true potential.”