Frosinone weren’t to stand in the way of Juventus as a 2-0 win, with goals from Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala, ensured a new club record was set this weekend.
It proved to be the result which provided the club with their 14th consecutive victory.
The winning run of games began with a win over Torino on October 31st, and the remarkable turnaround of form has seen Massimiliano Allegri’s side climb from 12th place oblivion to within two points of league leaders Napoli, having put an eight-point difference between themselves and third-placed Fiorentina.
Napoli themselves enjoyed a 1-0 win at home to struggling Carpi, who sit mired in relegation trouble. But they had to rely on a Gonzalo Higuain penalty in the 69th minute to ensure the three points. Carpi had Raffaele Bianco sent off a little over ten minutes beforehand as a result of a second yellow card.
Fiorentina ensured third spot on Saturday with a 1-1 draw with mid-table Bologna while Inter Milan were held to a high-scoring 3-3 draw away to Verona. Having gone 3-1 down to Luigi Delneri’s bottom-placed side, they had to rely on goals from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic to prevent a shock defeat.
Sassuolo did enough to stay ahead of Empoli on goal difference with a 2-2 draw with Palermo, while Empoli themselves drew away to Atalanta in a stalemate at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
AC Milan remain in 6th place following a 1-1 draw at home to Udinese. Pablo Armero gave the visitors an early lead in the 17th minute, but shortly after half-time Mbaye Niang drew the sides level.
Meanwhile, Chievo Verona kept a two-point difference between themselves and their hosts Torino with a 2-1 win away at the Stadio Olimpico, with the help of an own goal from Bruno Peres and a 72nd minute winner from the penalty spot, courtesy of Valter Birsa.
Lazio still sit in 9th, one place ahead of Verona, despite only securing a 0-0 draw away to Genoa on Saturday.
Next Saturday evening should be an atmospheric and charged one in Turin, when Juventus will not only have the opportunity to extend their record-breaking winning streak, but of equal importance, overtaking Napoli by a point if they do pull off a victory. A far cry from the obscurity of their league position in October.
Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena
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