Fiorentina vs Juventus: Talking Points
Florence is never an easy place to go and, before Friday night’s match, Juventus had won just one of their last five league trips to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Yesterday was no walk in the park either, as the hosts enjoyed the better of the first half and, over the course of the 90 minutes, had 12 shots to Juve’s four and 61% ball possession.
However, the Bianconeri came out on top in the statistic that matters most: scoring two second-half goals to clinch three very important points in the Scudetto race.
HIGUAIN HALF CENTURY
With four minutes of normal time remaining, there was no stopping Gonzalo Higuain from scoring his landmark 50th goal for Juventus.
The way he darted on to Giorgio Chiellini’s well-timed through pass and expertly curled past Marco Sportiello into the far corner had all the hallmarks of a striker in top form.
Pipita now has six goals in his last four matches and 18 for the season in all competitions.
BERNA IMPRESSES AGAIN
Four games, three assists, two goals. Federico Bernardeschi’s start to 2018 has been a highly positive one and the forward produced the goods once again last night with the crucial breakthrough strike against his former club.
MILESTONES FOR MAX & GIGI
The 2-0 victory in Florence was also a fitting way to mark Massimiliano Allegri’s 200th match in charge of Juventus and Gianluigi Buffon’s 500th league game between the Bianconeri sticks.
RECORD NUMBERS FOR REARGUARD
Last night was the Bianconeri’s 15th clean sheet in their last 16 matches across all competitions.
Juve have conceded just one goal over this period, stretching back to 0-0 draw with Barcelona on 22 November 2017, setting a club record in the process.