Amidst a refereeing controversy, Juventus defeat Napoli

For the first time since 2000, Juventus achieved a victory in the Stadio San Paolo away to Napoli and won 3-1 in the most hostile of environments.

After the defeat suffered in the Supercoppa in Doha, in addition to the poor form exhibited by Juve of late, few expected a Bianconeri victory. The manner in which they tire during matches, the apparent lack of intensity and the fact defender Stephan Lichtsteiner didn't start worried a few.

Rafa Benitez has closely studied Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus, understanding exactly how to disrupt their rhythm and complicate their attacking strategy.

Opting to play a reactive game -- the very type of game the Azzurri were often criticised for playing under Walter Mazzarri -- Napoli started the game intensely pressing their opponent and looking to defend before hitting Juve with pace.

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