MILAN: Paulo Dybala hit a brace as champions Juventus underscored their Serie A title credentials only eight games into the campaign with a battling 2-1 win over Udinese on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Juventus had been given a huge incentive before their late kick-off with the league’s other ‘bianconeri’ side after Roma stunned Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo.
And the Old Lady took the title race by the scruff of the neck to leave Roma in second at five points adrift and Napoli now in third at seven points behind.
Dybala, however, said title talk is premature and that this performance proved there’s still room for improvement.
“We’re only in October, there’s still a lot to play for,” he told Sky Sport.
“It’s good to have such a big cushion on the second placed team, but we’ve still to meet Napoli and Roma.”
He added: “I’m happy to have hit a brace, but we still have improvements to make. We gave them far too much time on the ball.”
Just over a year after suffering defeat to Udinese in their opening match of the 2015-2016 campaign, the northerners had reason to believe in another upset.
Massimiliano Allegri left striker Gonzalo Higuain, defender Leonardo Bonucci and midfielders Sami Khedira and Dani Alves on the bench as he looks ahead to Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Lyon.
Just after the half hour, Juve were stunned by Czech Under-21 star Jakub Jankto.