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Juventus won 1-0 away at Sampdoria in a match that left Max Allegri fuming at the final whistle. The Juve boss didn't like the way that after an exceptional first half, his side conceded chances after the break rather than simply administering the lead and remaining watertight. I thought his criticism was a bit over the top but you can see why he fears complacency.

Meanwhile, Gigi Buffon broke Giampiero Boniperti's record for Serie A minutes played in a Juventus jersey. It's one of those marks that seems a bit artificial but given his longevity and performances, it was inevitable that it would fall. So too, barring injury, will Paolo Maldini's mark for most Serie A appearances (647): Buffon is 33 short. If he's the starter next year (and he will be), it should be in the bag.

A more interesting question perhaps is whether he goes on to break Ale Del Piero's mark of 705 Juve appearances. At his current pace, he'd need to play on until the end of the 2018-19 campaign, when he'll be 41. It seems like a big ask but given that it's Buffon we're talking about, you reckon anything is possible.

If Buffon gets a game against Germany and/or Albania during this international break, he'll also set a new mark for most international caps by a UEFA player with 168. The world record, held by Egypt's Ahmed Hassan, is 184, which may or may not be out of reach.

One more Buffon factoid, since we're on a roll: he's 39, which makes him two years older than the combined age of the two other keepers called up by Italy: Gigi Donnarumma (18) and Alex Meret (19).

To read more of Gabriele Marcotti's thoughts on what happened over the previous week, click here.

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