If there is one thing that has characterised Juventus’ season so far, it is that it has hardly been short of surprises. That said, the Bianconeri scoring four times in 27 first-half minutes at the Dacia Arena Friuli was proof that in their current form, Massimiliano Allegri’s men are capable of anything.
In a manic opening 45 in north-east Italy, the champions were at their menacing and clinical best, their four goals, courtesy of Paulo Dybala (two), Sami Khedira and Alex Sandro, coming from just six shots on target.
Before yesterday’s pyrotechnics, the Bianconeri had not found the net more than three times before the break since November 2014’s 7-0 thrashing of Parma, nor four since 2012 against Pescara.
As for the day’s key statistic, the Old Lady’s tenth consecutive league victory, their sixth on the road, matched the feat of Antonio Conte’s 2014 vintage that would eventually end its run at 12 back-to-back Serie A wins a few weeks later.
After a barnstorming opening from the home side, it was the visitors that would ultimately settle into and then take control of the game with all of the afternoon’s big data ending in their favour (as shown by the dropdown menus below).