The Argentinian left Stadio San Paolo under a cloud in the summer, joining Napoli's title rivals Juve for €90 million on the back of a 36-goal season. Kwadwo Asamoah has struggled the last two times he has played against Napoli and simply can not command the left lane as well as Alex Sandro.
"They're mistakes that can happen", Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said.
"But it has always been love".
"We need to be very different in technical terms to what we showed on Sunday, technically we got a lot wrong and that meant we couldn't develop the play and that's why we were more defensive".
Results: Sassuolo 1-2 Lazio, Roma 2-0 Empoli, Torino 2-2 Udinese, Chievo 1-2 Crotone, Fiorentina 1-0 Bologna, Palermo 1-3 Cagliari, Genoa 0-5 Atalanta, Pescara 1-1 AC Milan, Napoli 1-1 Juventus.
Higuain, who should be back in Naples again for a Coppa Italia semifinal showdown on Wednesday, was largely anonymous in the face of an extremely hostile reception from his former fan base.
"They're two players who are built differently in a physical sense, and above all technically".
Napoli nearly made it 2-1 three minutes later, as Mertens pounced on a poor back pass from left-back Kwadwo Asamoah. A lot of credit should go to the coach and the players.
"Among other things it's important for us, because they're a team who play quite similarly to Barcelona, so on Sunday we started on the path which will take us to the Barcelona games".
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has warned his team that they need to score, but admits he may be forced to rotate his squad as he bids for a treble, with crucial Serie A fixtures and a Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona in a week's time.
"I'd give you the example of past year when Padoin played in front of the defence, once at Roma, two times and then he was criticised".
"For once at least, I beat Max". Before half time alone Napoli could, and should, have been 3-1 ahead with Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik, and Lorenzo Insigne all failing to score from gilt edged chances; the latter curling a sumptuous effort just wide of Buffon's top left corner after dancing through the Juventus defence. "Unfortunately on the pitch, Juve's values are tremendously high, it is a very strong team and beating it is always very hard". Juventus are the strongest Italian team in all respects. "Unfortunately, we can but hope that they fall away in the next few years".