27.03.2017 15:15 - in: Serie A S

    Facts and figures at the break

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    Juventus enter the final strait of the season in the best possible form. Here's why and how...

    Eight points clear of closest challengers Roma in Serie A, Champions League quarter-finalists and soon to contest a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg with a 3-1 advantage, Juventus have arrived at the March international break in the best condition possible.

    The Bianconeri’s position of strength is fruit not only of a continent-leading defence which has conceded at a a rate of just 0.41 goals per game in 2017, fewer than any other side in Europe’s top five divisions, but a collective team effort that sees them among the frontrunners for a host of other key statistics from passing accuracy to variety of different goalscorers. 

    Team effort

    Key to Juve’s success this campaign, as indeed with all of the previous five at Juventus Stadium, has been their consistent excellent in defence. 

    This is a group that commits in all phases as a team: from front to back, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have allowed their opponents to shoot 253 times so far, 77 of which testing goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon and Norberto Neto. Both figures put them top of the pile in Serie A and go a long way to explaining their impressive goal difference of +40, the highest in the top flight.  

    The story of consistency and efficacy continues further up the field.

    Only Napoli have completed more passes and with greater accuracy than Juve so far (15692 at 85.2%) while the reigning champions also find themselves in the top 5 for average possession (56.2%), shots on target (170) and goals scored (59).

    Quality across the board. 

    Key men

    Gonzalo Higuain’s 19 Serie A strikes put him three behind current top scorer Andrea Belotti (22) while the Argentine’s 97 efforts on goal, 47 of which on target, put him in fifth and fourth place respectively in the shooting stakes. 

    Internally, no Juve player has delivered more crosses than Miralem Pjanic – including corners – nor set up more scoring chances for their team-mates (45). Alex Sandro leads the way for recoveries (146) and tackles won (53) while Leonardo Bonucci remains untouchable as the squad’s most consistent playmaker (1205 successful passes). 

    Paulo Dybala’s 47 completed dribbles are also a team high. 

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