There was an equal share of the spoils in the four clashes between Juventus and Lazio over the course of last year in both Serie A and Coppa Italia
The encounters between Juventus and Lazio in 2012/13
The overriding impression from last year’s clashes is that the sides were very much equal, starting with the fact that there was one victory apiece. Juve won at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to an Arturo Vidal double, but the Biancocelesti replied with a 2-1 victory on the same field to reach the Coppa Italia final after an unbelievable final few minutes: Vidal had pulled Antonio Conte’s men level in the first minute of stoppage time but Sergio Floccari then headed in a corner, while Sebastian Giovinco and Claudio Marchisio both had chances in the dying seconds. Both encounters at the Juventus Stadium, meanwhile, ended in a draw. In the league, it was 0-0 although Juventus dominated in terms of shots, and it finished 1-1 in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
Juve dominated possession
The Bianconeri had the greater possession in all four of the matches between the two. The extent to which Conte’s men were dictating the tempo is unmistakable in the fact that they had the most possession in all eight of the halves in those fixtures. One thing that did vary was the Juventus player who had the most touches of the ball: it was Chiellini in Juventus-Lazio 0-0, Vidal in Lazio-Juventus 0-2, Pogba in Juventus-Lazio 1-1 and Peluso in Lazio-Juventus 2-1.
The names always in the starting line-up
Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio were picked by Conte to start every one of the four games, while Barzagli and Vidal did not miss a single minute.
Vidal on form
Vidal was the definitive player in all of the encounters, the absolute key influence. It was he who scored the penalty after six minutes in the second league fixture, he who finished off Lazio in that game and he who regained possession more times than anyone in the 1-1 Coppa Italia first leg. It was the Chilean once more who stood out in the second leg of that tie, scoring the goal that put the Bianconeri level by controlling with an outstretched foot and firing into the corner.