Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo. Sound familiar? That's right: the same two who secured the points against AC Milan before the international break were at it again. A goal in each half once more – this time CR7 before the interval and Mandzukic after – and another 2-0 win. Juve picked up from exactly where they had left off.
CR7 HITS DOUBLE FIGURES
SPAL showed spunk from the off and looked to impose their game, passing the ball around accurately in the opening minutes, but it wasn't long before Juve took control.
With Sami Khedira and Emre Can unavailable and Blaise Matuidi in need of a rest, Massimiliano Allegri had opted for a 4-4-2 formation, yet despite the presence of two wingers in the shape of Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa the Bianconeri weren't getting many balls into the box.
The first chances were a couple of long-range efforts from Douglas Costa, the first of which was saved by Alfred Gomis and the second deflected behind for a corner.
But when you have a player like Ronaldo in the team, one ball into the box is all you need. So when Miralem Pjanic curled in a free kick in the 29th minute, who else would get on the end of it but the Portuguese star. He side-footed home to make it ten goals in 16 games – no Juventus player has ever reached double figures so quickly.