The statistics from last night’s 2-0 away win over Udinese present a tight game in the majority of areas, but a greater overall cutting edge sank the Zebrette and took Juventus up to 87 points, the same number they had at the end of last season’s Scudetto winning campaign.
The Bianconeri had three shots on target compared to one from the hosts, and really made them count.
On 16 minutes, Sebastian Giovinco curled home one of his two attempts that tested goalkeeping starlet Simone Scuffet for his 40th career league goal, the first in Serie A since he netted in another crucial game at home to Milan in October.
For Fernando Llorente, the scorer of the second, it was a third goal in two league outings, and he has now struck in the first half for all of his last four.
With a two-goal cushion established, Juve then set about holding on to it.
They noticeably stepped up their control of possession in the second half, increasing their share from 50 per cent to 55 after the break, and managed to restrict the hosts to just one shot on target in the entire game, Udinese’s joint-lowest tally so far this season.
Though the overall pass count was balanced, Juve had proved more direct, with 175 heading forward compared to the Zebrette’s 134.
Topping the passing statistics on the night was stalwart of recent weeks Martin Caceres, who found a team-mate more times than anyone else on the field (74).
And, to add to another impressive performance, no-one made more ball recoveries than the Uruguayan’s nine.