A commanding display in every department proved the key to overcoming a plucky Atalanta outfit during yesterday’s resounding 4-1 success at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.
It looked set to be a routine afternoon for the reigning champions after Carlos Tevez grabbed the lead inside the opening six minutes with his eleventh Serie A goal of the current campaign.
Yet the hosts, without a win in their 17 previous league encounters with Juventus, gave their fans plenty to cheer about when Maxi Moralez turned Giacomo Bonaventura’s centre past Buffon, subsequently bringing an end to the goalkeeper’s run of 744 minutes without conceding.
Confronted with a challenge, Conte’s men came out fighting and immediately forced their visitors on to the back foot with a devastating start to the second half.
Paul Pogba swooped inside the initial few seconds, coolly slotting home for his fourth away strike this season, while Fernando Llorente quelled any Bianconeri fears of an Atalanta riposte with a neatly-taken third on 75 minutes, his fifth Serie A goal since completing a summer move from Athletic Bilbao.
It was in fact the Spaniard who hailed the visitors’ strong group ethic during his post-match interview in Bergamo, an affirmation which is backed up when examining the team stats from yesterday’s game.
With a platform established through the lion’s share of possession (55 per cent), Juventus also had the upper hand in other key areas, enjoying the most touches (589 compared to 523) and completed passes (71 to 65 per cent).
But it was the final third where the damage was inflicted, as Antonio Conte’s men forced Andrea Consigli to pick the ball out the back of his net with all four of their shots that hit the target across the course of the afternoon.
Down the other end, Giorgio Chiellini shone in the heat of the battle, joining Luca Cigarini in making 19 recoveries, while Andrea Barzagli topped the passes completed index with 60.