Giorgio Chiellini pulled out during the warm-up at the Stadio Castellani, so the captain’s armband went to Dybala rather than Leonardo Bonucci.
The Bianconeri fought back from a goal down to beat Empoli 2-1 with a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.
“You never forget your first as captain,” wrote Dybala on social media, posting an image of himself in the locker room with Ronaldo.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed in the background of the image was a poster taped to the wall listing all the various free kick routines they’d use during the match.
It listed the various positions free kicks would be taken in, therefore who would step up, who was marking which Empoli player and who’d take their place in the wall.