The Bianconeri’s tenacious display sees them emerge unscathed from a tough test in Naples
Juventus preserved their advantage at the summit of the Serie A table with last night’s battling draw against closest Scudetto rivals Napoli at the San Paolo.
The top-of-the-table clash was always destined to produce plenty of fireworks and, after recording three successive draws in the build-up to the game, Walter Mazzarri’s men were determined to get their title challenge back on course with a win in front of an impassioned crowd.
And while the visitors remain indebted to Gigi Buffon for repelling a second-half Napoli siege with a string of fine saves, Antonio Conte will take plenty of heart from the way his men stood tall to grind out a priceless point which confirms the Bianconeri’s supremacy in this year’s direct encounters.
The statistics convey the upper hand enjoyed by the Partenopei throughout a hard-fought 90 minutes. They commanded 53% possession, registered a higher pass completion rate (69.9% to 64.2%) and recorded a total of 17 shots on goal compared to Juventus’ 12.
Individually speaking, Andrea Barzagli was as steely as ever in the three-man BIanconeri rearguard, topping the recovered balls index with a figure of 23, followed by Giorgio Chiellini and Valon Behrami on 20.
Elsewhere, Napoli goalscorer Gokhan Inler was the most accurate with his deliveries, producing 52 completed passes in all. He was trailed by Andrea Pirlo and Hugo Campagnaro on 47 apiece, followed swiftly by Leonardo Bonucci on 46.
Marek Hamsik represented the most regular threat to Juventus’ goal, trying his luck on no less than six occasions, while Mirko Vucinic and Inler each pulled the trigger five times.