Juventus’ farewell to Cristiano Ronaldo
Watch Juventus’ farewell video to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese played for the club between 2018 and 2021 scoring 101 goals in 134 games.
Napoli vs Juventus: Line-ups
Hosts Are Sure to Be Fired Up
The Bianconeri arrive at Stadio Maradona after a chastening defeat to promoted Empoli just before the international break – getting the post-Ronaldo era off to a losing start – while their hosts secured maximum points from their first two fixtures.
Despite their best efforts at breaking down an enterprising visiting side, Juve slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat against Serie B champions Empoli, which followed hot on the heels of a second-half collapse on the 2021-22 campaign’s opening day.
In their previous 51 Serie A campaigns, only in 2015-16 have the Bianconeri been unable to win any of their first three league games, and in all, Allegri has now failed to win his last seven matches in charge – including the tail-end of his previous super-successful spell.
As they prepare for another crack at Juve this weekend – now in front of their passionate fans – the Azzurri can take confidence from back-to-back wins before the international break, as they beat Venezia on the opening day despite being a man down for much of the match, then overcame Genoa through a late Andrea Petagna strike.
That will matter little when Spalletti’s stride back out at the Maradona, where captain Lorenzo Insigne – just back from Italy duty – will aim to continue his goalscoring run versus the Old Lady. The diminutive forward has scored in each of his last three league matches against Juventus – his best such record against a single Serie A opponent.
There are many other places Juventus would rather venture in pursuit of a belated first win of the season, and they may well be denied that first three-point haul again by an experienced Napoli side. The hosts are sure to be fired up to stop the Bianconeri at all costs this weekend – and have looked the more cohesive prospect so far this term in any case – so will take at least one point from a hard-fought 90 minutes.