A determined Milan side urged on from the touchline by club legend Clarence Seedorf provided a stern test for the league leaders at the San Siro, but a poacher’s finish and a moment of magic from Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez respectively proved the difference for all three points.
The statistics from last night’s triumph reveal that it was another successful case of Antonio Conte’s tactic of absorbing pressure and then striking with a deadly sting in attack.
Milan enjoyed 59.9 per cent of the possession and put in nine shots on target to Juve’s five, but in the end had nothing to show for it.
Juve, on the other hand, continue to fire on all cylinders in attack. This is clear to see from the fact that they’re the only Serie A side with three players on more than 10 goals this season: Tevez tops the Juve list (and in fact the league list) with 15, while Llorente and Arturo Vidal follow him on 11.
Conte’s men have found the net in every single one of their last 39 Serie A games, and their goals tally this season could even be higher: no other side has hit the woodwork more times than Juve’s 15 near misses.
A crucial factor behind their prolific campaign has been the consistently tenacious efforts of Stephan Lichtsteiner, who has now made more assists than any other defender in Serie A after his sixth of the season set up Llorente.
Elsewhere, returning to the ground he used to light up as part of the Milan midfield, Andrea Pirlo did so once again in the black and white stripes, topping the Bianconeri passing statistics with 38 successfully completed and helping ensure it’s now just one defeat in six league outings against the Rossoneri.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) March 3, 2014