The Bianconeri’s discipline, control of possession and persistence in the final third pay off on a tricky night in Parma
A resilient display at the Tardini enabled Juventus to banish the ghosts of their last Serie A away outing in Florence and rack up their third consecutive victory in the space of week.
With clear-cut opportunities at a premium throughout a cagey 90 minutes in Emilia-Romagna, Paul Pogba’s late winner was just reward for the Bianconeri’s determination to come away with a maximum points haul.
It proved another quiet night for Gigi Buffon between the posts, troubled only by one attempt on target, as he extended his number of successive clean sheets to three after wins against Genoa and Catania came without reply.
With Parma’s attacking potency efficiently marshalled, it was in fact the Bianconeri who posed the most questions in the final third, registering 12 shots on goal, five of which were on target.
Leading goalscorer Carlos Tevez, who has six Serie A strikes to his name this season, was once again the main instigator up front, but saw his two attempts (both on target) thwarted by Antonio Mirante at his near post.
Possession wise, Juventus kept their opponents at arm’s length with 61 per cent of the ball. Meanwhile, the hosts, who mirrored Conte’s 3-5-2 system, looked to counteract this control by utilising the flanks, registering a width of 43.7 metres compared to the Bianconeri’s more compact reading of 34.
The explosive pace of winger Jonathan Biabiany provided the Gialloblu’s principal outlet on the counter, but Giorgio Chiellini and his comrades will have every reason to be pleased with their ultimately successful efforts in shackling the Frenchman.
Elsewhere, Arturo Vidal, who assumed Andrea Pirlo’s role at the centre of midfield, handled his responsibilities with relish, topping the passes completed index with a total of 73.