A dominant display in Tuscany yielded another priceless three points as the Bianconeri extended their Serie A winning streak to five games with yesterday’s 2-0 triumph over Livorno at the Stadio Armando Picchi.
Second-half strikes from Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez were no more than the visitors deserved following a polished performance in almost every department.
With 70 per cent possession and a 89 per cent pass completion rate, Juventus’ economical use of the ball kept their opponents on the back foot throughout.
And on the rare occasions Livorno did manage to venture into the final third, they found themselves shut out by a makeshift back three, marshalled to perfection by Arturo Vidal, that restricted them to just one shot on target over the entire 90 minutes.
The aforementioned Vidal was one of the many plus points from yesterday’s showing. Starting in an unfamiliar role as the fulcrum of the defensive trio, the Chilean completed a century of passes, made four interceptions and 12 recoveries.
Another star performer was goalscorer Llorente, who stole a yard on his marker to put Juventus in front with an expertly-taken volley, his third goal in as many starts, before rounding off a perfect afternoon with a perfectly weighted assist for strike partner Tevez.
The triumph took the Bianconeri up to a total of 34 points with 13 games played, signalling the team’s best start since Antonio Conte returned to assume the managerial reins in May 2011.