The Bianconeri’s 1-0 triumph over Torino constitutes their fifth straight success over their inter-city rivals, equalling a winning streak that ran between 1932 and 1934.
With Torino seeking to bring an end to an 18-year winless Derby della Mole run in front of their own fans at the Stadio Olimpico, the game itself proved a predictably intense battle in which most of the traffic flowed through a congested midfield area.
But whilst the possession statistics depict a relatively even affair, with Juventus recording a slight advantage over Giampiero Ventura’s men (50.7%), further analysis reveals there was only one team that posed an attacking threat throughout.
Antonio Conte’s side registered 17 shots on goal across the 90 minutes, eight of which called opposition goalkeeper Daniele Padelli into action. Individually speaking, Carlos Tevez remained a menace throughout, shaking off Ciro Immobile’s robust first-half challenge to lead the charge with five efforts, trailed by matchwinner Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and late substitute Mirko Vucinic on two apiece.
Meanwhile, Torino sought to emulate the majority of outfits that the reigning champions have come up against so far this season, sitting back and soaking up the pressure before looking to strike on the break.
But the Bianconeri - lining up with the Scudetto-winning defensive trio of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini - were successful in nullifying any Granata counter-attacking intentions, with top Serie A goalscorer Alessio Cerci left to plough a lonely furrow up front as the hosts failed to hit the target from their total of six attempts.
A clean sheet on a quiet afternoon for Gigi Buffon now means it has been over 11 years since Torino breached the Juventus rearguard, with French midfielder Benoît Cauet the last to do so during a 2-2 draw in February 2002.
But it was to be another Frenchman who had the final say yesterday, Pogba’s 54th minute winner taking him alongside fellow countrymen and Bianconeri legends David Trezeguet and Michel Platini in finding the back of the net on derby day.