17.12.2015 10:23 - in: Coppa Italia S

    Derby day data

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    While the four goals plundered by the Bianconeri on Wednesday are naturally the only numbers that truly matter, Juventus.com inspects the rest of the key figures and stats from the Coppa Italia last 16 tie with Torino

    On a night that could not have gone any better for Juventus players, fans and coaches alike, it should come as no surprise that all of the key statistics and figures to emerge from Wednesday’s Coppa Italia thumping of Torino are overwhelmingly in the Bianconeri’s favour.

    More importantly, this second Derby della Mole victory in the space of two months represents a continuation of the resurgence of Massimiliano Allegri’s men in recent weeks.

    Since October’s 1-0 defeat to Sassuolo, the champions have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, including six in a row in Serie A, the longest winning streak in the country’s top-flight so far this season.

    As it happens, the Bianconeri have never lost whenever Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio have started together in midfield, winning four and drawing two.

    Another party to have profited from the stability provided by that pairing has undoubtedly been Paulo Dybala, whose late curler at Juventus Stadium was his tenth strike of the campaign and his third in four outings. 

    Another summer signing among the goals of late has been Simone Zaza, whose excellent double either side of half-time on Wednesday, his first since last May when playing for Sassuolo, took his own personal tally to five. That derby brace means that the frontman is now averaging a goal every 91 minutes this season.  

    Glancing at the figures from the match itself, it is clear that Allegri’s men were by far and away the better side on the night both in terms of their possession and the regularity with which they threatened the Torino backline. 

    Key to that was their dominance of the middle third of the field, completing almost three times as many passes (691 to 277) as their visitors, while winning a staggering 89 per cent of their tackles.

    Such constant pressure and recycling of the ball in Toro territory ensured that the Bianconeri remained on the front foot from start to finish particularly after the second-half dismissal of Cristian Molinaro for two bookable offences.

    Control of what is arguably the modern game’s most important area of the field in turn allowed Allegri’s men to attack their city rivals relentlessly from all corners.

    With wing-backs Alex Sandro and Stephan Lichtsteiner providing natural width on either flank, Allegri’s men were able to spread the play quickly and at ease, focusing 33.7 per cent of their forays forward down the left side, 36.8 down the right and 29.5 down the middle, the area from which Dybala’s magnificent strike came for the hosts’ third goal.

    The last word, however, ought to go to Marchisio whose contribution yesterday evening illustrated exactly why his team are yet to lose this term with him at the base of their midfield.

    The Turin-born playmaker took a match high 105 touches, completed 100 per cent of his dribbles and 97.1 per cent of his passes, while even creating two scoring opportunities at the top end of the field.

    All in all, a very satisfying outing for those of a black and white disposition.

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