Juventus enjoyed a sensational afternoon in Cagliari as yesterday’s 4-1 victory, their 11th consecutive Serie A triumph, enabled them to maintain their eight-point advantage at the summit of Serie A and break a consecutive record of wins previously established in 1932.
The Bianconeri required a jolt to get into their stride, however, and Mauricio Pinilla’s goal on 21 minutes provided them with the impetus to raise the tempo and start making serious inroads into Rossoblu territory.
It was in fact the fifth time that Antonio Conte’s men have fought back from a losing position this season, retaining an unbeaten record of four wins and one defeat from those encounters.
The triumph was no less than the league leaders deserved though, as their ruthless display in the final third shattered Cagliari’s resistance and, in turn, brought an end to their seven-game unbeaten run in the league.
Despite seeing Andrea Pirlo’s contribution restricted by the close attentions of man-marker Andrea Cossu, Juventus were still able to command the lion’s share of possession (61 per cent) and completed 85.7 per cent of their passes, over eight per cent more than Cagliari’s figure of 77.6.
In the final third Conte’s men registered almost twice the amount of shots recorded by their hosts (15 to eight), with nine of these calling Antonio Adan into action.
Down the other end, Gigi Buffon was forced to react to a total of three Cagliari shots on target, the highlight of which being his magnificent reaction save from Daniele Dessena’s header at point-blank range.
Undisputed man-of-the-match was Stephan Lichtsteiner, whose two assists for Fernando Llorente and final strike in the four-goal rout capped off a commanding performance by the Swiss international.