Sarri: Napoli were on par with Juventus

Simone Zaza mobbed by Juventus team-mates after scoring against Napoli

“It was a very even game with few chances”.

Napoli captain Marek Hamsik insists his side will continue to fight for the Serie A title despite losing to Juventus.

“We went to Turin in order to play our game”.

“We sit top of the table because we have won 15 games in a row”.

Substitute Zaza tried his luck with an opportunistic shot from outside the box and saw his attempt take a deflection off Raul Albiol to leave goalkeeper Pepe Reina unsighted.

Earlier on Saturday, Daniel Ciofani scored twice as promoted Frosinone beat Empoli 2-1 for their first away win in the top division, while AC Chievo Verona and US Sassuolo drew 1-1. An anti-climatic stalemate appeared likely until Zaza, heavily criticised for recent performances, produced his moment on inspiration.

Conte, who led Juve to three of the past four titles they have won in succession, is believed to have travelled to Turin to also watch Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne. In the other goal, Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon only had to thank his defender Leonardo Bonucci for tipping a cross in the 35th minute that Gonzalo Higuain could have headed in. “Between now and the end of the season the difference will be made by the players who have played less and are freshest in the mind”.

Defeated visiting coach Maurizio Sarri was crestfallen after watching Juve win at the death. It’s important to have gone top of the table, but there are still 13 games to go.

“We have to stay calm, because we can’t let a deflected finish dash our self-belief”.

“Had we lost tonight, it would have been tough going to claw our way back”.

“There are very few teams in Europe that come to this stadium and are on par with Juventus, but we did just that”.

“We must react immediately”.