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23 Sep 2012

Juventus v Chievo stats

The numbers confirm the Bianconeri’s dominance. Quagliarella superb and a great debut from Pogba

Completely dominant. Not that we needed the statistics to tell us that but the figures confirm Juventus v Chievo was a one-sided game. The Bianconeri have consistently dominated possession in games this season and Saturday night was no different as they had 62% of the ball.

Juve’s pass completion rate was up there with their previous matches, as was the 12:24 of territorial supremacy, 7 minutes more than their opponents.

Further proof lies in the number of shots on goal, 22, with 9 of them finding the target. And of those 9 - aside from the two goals - there were at least 4 wonder saves from Sorrentino. The two shots Chievo had on target meanwhile were comfortably dealt with by Buffon.

Fabio Quagliarella had the lion’s share of efforts on goal with 6, followed by Giaccherini and Vucinic (4 each) and Isla (2) - although it was the Chilean's debut and he still has great room for improvement.

While we’re on the subject of debuts, Paul Pogba deserves a mention for the 27 balls he retrieved and he was also up there in terms of the number of completed passes, finding a team-mate on 53 occasions. As ever it’s exclusively Juve players at the top of the list: Chiellini (72), Bonucci (63), Giaccherini (58), Pogba and then Asamoah and Lucio (both 48).

The most telling stat though, in terms of how much pressure the Bianconeri applied on Chievo, is the following: Stefano Sorrentino had the ball on 21 occasions. The fact that the goalkeeper recorded such numbers tells of a superb individual display, but also clearly shows which half of the field the game was played in.