MILAN (AP) — Juventus is looking to extend its unbeaten Serie A record to 44 games against fierce foes Fiorentina on Tuesday night after a perfect weekend for the defending champion.
Not only did it manage a 2-0 win over Chievo Verona, but it saw its closest rivals in the standings all drop points to leave it as the only team still with a perfect record.
"We are proud of what we have done, but the season is still very long and it's dangerous to make predictions," Juve chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said.
Topping off a positive week for Juventus was also the fact that its traditional rivals, AC Milan and Inter Milan, lost again.
Milan in particular will be desperate for a victory, at home to Cagliari, after a woeful start which has seen it win just once and lose three times in the league, leaving coach Massimiliano Allegri clinging to his position.
Fabio Quagliarella was again the hero for Juventus, with two stunning goals on the heels of a last-minute equalizer against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.
"It's a good satisfaction, after a long dark period where it seemed as if the tunnel would never finish, from the injury to everything else," Quagliarella said. "But I always say that with work and patience, if you believe in your own talent, at the end things come back, there's no doubt about it.
"I wasn't a washout before and I'm not a phenomenon now, I'm a player who when he's called upon is almost always there. I know my talents well, I know my head well, so when I go onto the pitch I know perfectly what I have to do."
Fiorentina and Juventus have a fierce rivalry which has spanned many decades, and games between the two are almost always heated battles.
"I'm going into this game as I do all of the others, but all of the Viola fans who I meet tell me this isn't just another game and I know it," Fiorentina goalkeeper and longtime fan Emiliano Viviano said. "On my way to training I met two fans, they were about 70, and they urged me to beat Juventus. If we do then I'll take all of the squad out for dinner and I'll pay the bill.