Crisis, what crisis? Juventus bounced back with an emphatic 4-0 win over Cagliari to move back to the top of Serie A after Napoli could only draw at Genoa.
Juventus lost its perfect start to the season on Sunday as Inter Milan came from behind to win 2-1 – a result which came days after a goalless draw against Sevilla in the Champions League.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side was clearly out for blood and had 10 shots on target in the first half, something which had not happened since the 2004-05 season.
The opener came from an unlikely source as defender Daniele Rugani scored his first goal for Juventus in 22 appearances, tapping in the rebound after Marco Storari had denied Gonzalo Higuain with a stunning save.
Rugani had been handed his first start of the season by Allegri, and wasted no time in repaying his manager’s faith.
Higuain then doubled Juve’s lead in similar cirumstances firing home after Storari had blocked Miralem Pjanic’s effort.
It was Higuain’s fourth goal in five games as the Argentinian celebrated his return to the starting line up.
Dani Alves also got his first goal in a Juventus jersey, six minutes from halftime, as he was left unmarked on the edge of the box to drive into the bottom left corner.
With eight minutes remaining Cagliari defender Luca Ceppitelli turned a Mario Lemina shot into his own net to cap off a miserable night for the visitors.