Insigne’s first-half penalty was enough for Napoli to see off the defending champions.
Juventus, who looked like they are back on the track with eight consecutive wins in all competitions, have suffered a setback in their fight to regain their Serie A crown.
Andrea Pirlo‘s first season as the manager in charge at the Allianz Stadium was criticised at first due to unimpressive results but the Italian showed a chunk of his tactical wisdom with a series of wins in the recent weeks – Supercoppa Italiana title, beating Inter Milan to advance to the Coppa Italia final, making many believe that the Old Lady are back to their best.
But today’s result against Napoli, especially the way Juventus played, has now added much pressure on Pirlo.
Lorenzo Insigne was successful from the spot in the first half after Chiellini was penalised in the penalty box. The goal alone made the difference as Juve were held back by the taut defence of Napoli.
There were some bright moments in the second half where Juve must have acted better but they didn’t.
Cristiano Ronaldo had an off day with a sub-par performance but it would be too cruel for the Old Lady to rely on him week in, week out.
As it stands, the Bianconeri trail both Milan clubs at third in the table, with seven points separating them from the leaders AC Milan.