Juventus boss Max Allegri thoroughly enjoyed last week's Champions League action. "I had a lot of fun," he said. "When you watch games like these you always come away with ideas. Things you can put into practice and learn from."
Allegri didn't elaborate too much on exactly what. Instead he used the opportunity to reinforce his point that, at this level, the difference is often made by skill and technical excellence. "It's enough to watch Luka Modric," he said.
Inter came away from an ugly game against Bologna at the Dall'Ara Stadium with a full haul, courtesy of super-sub Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa.
Just when football's equivalent of a hangover was set to peter out into a draw or potential upset, the 20-year-old's introduction had fans in raptures.
Words can barely describe how they will have felt on 81 minutes, when a flowing move aided by Ever Banega's clever feet found Danilo D'Ambrosio and the oft-criticized veteran squared it to "Gabigol" to fire...