The Bianconeri marched on to their seventh consecutive Serie A triumph last night in Bologna, with goals from Arturo Vidal and Giorgio Chiellini topping and tailing a tightly contested, yet deserved, win for the visitors.
Significant changes to the starting line-up may have been made by Antonio Conte (six in total), but the reigning champions’ fundamental principles of high pressing and defensive resilience remained unaffected.
A rediscovered solidarity at the back has now seen the Bianconeri go 640 minutes without conceding in the league, marking yet another personal record for Gigi Buffon, just two games after he passed the phenomenal milestone of 500 Serie A appearances.
The statistics from last night’s game depict a relatively closely matched affair between the two sides. But despite the resilient display put up by a Bologna side fighting to keep their heads above water, it was Juventus who maintained a strong grip on possession (58 per cent) and looked the most adventurous going forward (19 shots on goal).
This is not to say that Bologna were without their chances on goal, though, and midway through the first half it was Alessandro Diamanti who looked the most likely to follow Vidal in getting his name on the scoresheet.
His expertly executed efforts from range, two of the Rossoblu’s total of ten for the night, were the closest the hosts came to pegging their visitors back, both repelled by an alert Buffon between the posts.
Down the other end it was the recalled Fabio Quagliarella who represented the Bianconeri’s most active goal threat with a total of six shots across the encounter (four on target).
Also deserving of a mention is Angelo Ogbonna, whose calm and collected performance at the heart of the Juventus back three provided the solid foundations behind an important success.
The 25-year-old completed the highest number of passes (58) and saw one of his 18 accurate long balls pick out Claudio Marchisio’s spirited burst into the penalty box with 11 minutes on the clock.
He may have been unable to profit, but it was this action which directly led to Vidal registering his 33rd goal in all competitions for the club, fired purposefully past Gianluca Cerci to set the visitors on their way to another priceless three points.