Sami Khedira celebrates his 30th birthday today – his second as a Juventus player – but the German’s best gift was supplied by the man himself, surging through the Napoli defence to give us the lead on Sunday night.
Sami’s 10th goal for the club - more than any other midfielder in the squad in the past two seasons - and overall performance in Naples on his 61st appearance was a snapshot into what the World Cup and Champions League winner has brought to Juve over the past year and a half.
Composed in possession, intelligent in his movement and a master of tempo, timing and finishing, Khedira’s opening strike on Sunday night was everything you need to know about the Bianconeri’s number six, who has deservedly become an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s midfield.
Another timely goal tomorrow night in the same stadium against the same opposition would make his an extended birthday celebration and ours all the sweeter should we reach the Coppa Italia final with his help…
Alles Gute, Sami!