Records can be broken in an instant and the Bianconeri did just that as last night’s 3-1 victory over Napoli at the San Paolo signalled the end of their 14-year winless jinx in Naples.
During an end-to-end encounter, Paul Pogba’s incredible volley after 29 minutes – his third goal in five appearances against the Partenopei – set Massimiliano Allegri’s men on their way to a famous triumph.
After Miguel Britos had equalised midway through the second half, the returning Martin Caceres hooked in Andrea Pirlo’s precise set-piece as the Old Lady retook the lead only five minutes later. It was the Uruguayan’s first Serie A strike since scoring against Napoli at Juventus Stadium back in October 2012.
Determined to shut up shop and hang on to all three points, a beautiful counter attack was rounded off by Arturo Vidal in injury time to secure victory which means Juventus are now unbeaten in their last nine league games, currently the longest streak in Serie A.
Here is a closer look at the statistics from last night’s San Paolo success:
Lay-offs completed by Carlos Tevez as he attempted to act as the fulcrum between midfield and attack.
Chances created by both Fernando Llorente and Pirlo as the unselfish duo looked to lay opportunities on a plate for their team-mates.
Tackles won by matchwinner Vidal with the Chilean pulling the strings in a combative performance.
Crosses teased by Caceres who bombarded up and down the right flank on his first return to action in over three months. He contributed 75% of the team’s total balls into the box.
Recoveries made by captain Gianluigi Buffon, the most out of any Bianconero yesterday evening.
Goals scored by Juventus in the opening half hour of games this season, no side has struck more.
Possession shaded by Allegri’s troops, no mean feat in the cauldron of the San Paolo.
Touches enjoyed by Pirlo who also completed 75 passes during an efficient display at the heart of midfield.
Total passes sprayed by all 14 players who took to the field last night.
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