Juventus’ victory against Chievo Verona last night was hard fought, but the statistics show that it was very much deserved.
Enjoying 71% of the possession, Antonio Conte’s men really got the ball circulating around the field, looking to hurt their opposition on the two wings: with their 889 touches of the ball (compared to Chievo’s 473), they made 605 passes to the Gialloblu’s 187.
Their more attacking attitude is further highlighted by the areas of the pitch where the two teams spent the most time. Juventus’s focal point was high up the field - at 55 metres on average - while the fact that the Gialloblu were restricted to sitting further back is reflected by their lower figure of 47 metres.
From their more advanced position, the Bianconeri also managed to make more shots than Sannino’s side: 18 attempts in total, with eight of those on target, compared to the three out of five that reached Gigi Buffon’s goal.
The figures also draw attention to the individual performance of Fabio Quagliarella, not just for the goal that he scored but also for the four shots that he fired on goal.
Nor do they ignore the equally strong showings of Fernando Llorente, who stands out for his 10 touches provided in support to team-mates, or Andrea Pirlo, who made 101 passes against the Gialloblu.
They are also revealing of Paul Pogba: it was two of the 11 crosses that he put in during an excellent outing at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi that led to Juve’s goals.