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      28.01.2018 12:30 - in: Serie A S

      Talking Points #ChievoJuve

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      Juventus.com takes a look back at Saturday night’s hard-fought win at the Bentegodi

      GETTING THE JOB DONE

      Saturday night’s win in Verona wasn’t necessarily one for the archives, but on the road all that matters is the points and after a goalless first half, the Bianconeri never panicked. It was key for Massimiliano Allegri’s boys to keep their heads and trust that the goal would come. They did and earned three more important points.

       

      KHEDIRA ON POINT

      It was a typically solid performance for Juve’s German in the middle of the park as Sami Khedira did plenty of yeoman’s work in the midfield making sure that Chievo couldn’t find any routes through, but he also found the game-winning goal. After his hat trick against Udinese, Khedira hadn’t found the back of the net recently, but his fourth goal came at a key point ensuring the win.

       

      PIPITA BACK ON THE SCORESHEET 

      It had been 706 minutes since Gonzalo Higuain had found the back of the net in Serie A dating back to his goal at Napoli, so while the second goal of the match may not have had a huge impact on the final result, it could prove to be extremely important getting the monkey off Pipita’s back. During his streak, the Argentine has continued to put in plenty of work pressuring the back line, but he’ll be be delighted to find the scoresheet once again.

       

      DOMINATING POSSESSION

      With a man advantage for more than 45 minutes and two man advantage for much of the second half, the Bianconeri made the disparity count holding 70% possession, out-shooting their opponents 16 to 1 and out-passing Chievo 728 to 222.

       

      BRICK WALL DEFENSE

      One goal allowed in the last 13 matches. What a record for the Bianconeri who have once again become the best defense in Europe of this winter. For the second time this season, Juve did not allow a shot in the first half and for Wojciech Szczesny, it’s his ninth shutout in the last ten matches.

       

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