Champions Juventus underlined their Serie A title credentials with a fourth straight win thanks to Champions League hero Fabio Quagliarella’s brace in a 2-0 win over Chievo on Saturday.
Quagliarella had come off the bench to score the equalizer for Juve in their 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday.
And the big striker showed that his nutmeg of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was no flash in the pan thanks to a brilliant all-round performance, which was capped with two goals in the space of five minutes in the second-half.
The former Napoli striker said he wanted to show the club he is ready to start as a regular.
After their Champions League endeavors in midweek, caretaker coach Massimo Carrera, acting for the suspended Antonio Conte, rested a number of first team regulars for the Turin clash.
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo, defender Andrea Barzagli and playmaker Sebastian Giovinco were all on the bench, as well as Nicklas Bendtner and Arturo Vidal, the former waiting for his debut and the latter nursing a sore ankle.
Quagliarella lined up with Mirko Vucinic in Carrera’s 3-5-2 and both came close early on before the Italian went on to finally find the net after the interval.
Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino did well to push over Quagliarella’s effort in the ninth minute and then Vucinic showed fine individual skill only to see his shot go past the far post on the half hour.
Four minutes later, Sorrentino parried a well-struck long-range drive by Quagliarella from the right and just before the half hour Vucinic deflected his fellow striker’s volley into the net only it to be ruled offside.
Chievo, also playing a 3-5-2 formation, were giving little space away and keeping it tight in the midfield, but Juventus forged no less than four more chances before the interval.
Sorrentino did well to parry Emanuele Giaccherini’s shot from a Kwadwo Asamoah cross, but had to use both fists to punch away a fierce drive from the Ghanaian moments later.