Massimiliano Allegri had described the visit of Genoa as a game that would decide the fate of the Scudetto title, demanding the same intensity and concentration demonstrated four days earlier at Barcelona’s Camp Nou from his team.
A steady start – which saw Giovanni Simeone drag wide of the target after a slip from Bonucci – soon gave way to one of the Bianconeri’s most convincing victories of the campaign, Allegri’s men bulldozing through the Rossoblu at ease.
In truth, there was more than a touch of fortune about the opening goal on 17 minutes of the sort from which only those in top form at the business end of the season are capable of benefitting.
A flighted ball over the top of the Genoa defence was plucked from the air by captain for the night Claudio Marchisio whose touch ricocheted off covering defender Ezequiel Munoz and into an empty net to hand the home side a deserved early advantage from which they never looked back.
Juve would add a second no more than a minute later, this time relying rather on the brilliance of Paulo Dybala than lady luck. A sight now familiar to all regulars at Juventus Stadium, the Argentine swivelled on the spot in a packed penalty area to unleash an unstoppable left-footed shot into the corner leaving keeper Eugenio Lamanna stranded.