Padoin: Napoli are Juventus' biggest Scudetto rivals

The former Atalanta star believes Walter Mazzarri's men are best placed to challenge the Old Lady this season, and is looking forward to next weekend's encounter
Juventus midfielder Simone Padoin is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Serie A game against Napoli after the international break, and believes the Partenopei are the reigning champions' biggest rivals in the title race.

The Bianconeri and the Walter Mazzarri's side have both collected 19 points from their opening seven league games, and Padoin anticipates an interesting match against the Neapolitans.

"We’ll be prepared for the game against Napoli, despite all those away on international duty. I believe we’ll see the clash of the two teams with the greatest chance of winning the Scudetto," Padoin told Juventus Channel.

"I agree with [Giorgio] Chiellini, who said the match won't be decisive just yet. It’s an important game but it’s still not fundamental, it will only be the eighth championship fixture of the campaign.

"I think the game can be won in midfield, whoever proves to be the better in their individual duels could prove decisive.

"In Beijing [during the Supercoppa Italiana] we were exemplary in this department and deserved to win before the game went to extra-time."

The match at the Juventus Stadium takes place on October 20.