The statistics from last night’s 3-1 triumph over Inter portray Juventus as the deserved conquerors of their 100th win against the Nerazzurri in all competitions.
It really was a night of new milestones at Juventus Stadium, another coming with Stephan Lichtsteiner’s opener on 15 minutes. The Swiss’ well-directed nod into the corner from an Andrea Pirlo ball over the top was the Bianconeri’s ninth headed goal of the season, taking them beyond the number that any other top flight side has managed so far.
After Giorgio Chiellini had lashed home the second, the next milestone was reached with the third goal. This time it was a personal achievement for Arturo Vidal: arriving quickest on the scene following a parried Paul Pogba shot to stick away a powerful close-range hit, the Chilean’s 11th goal of the season set a new personal best for a single Serie A campaign.
Overall, the Bianconeri were far more dangerous, unleashing 20 shots and testing Samir Handanovic with nine of those. Marco Storari, meanwhile, was forced into action just twice on the night he stood in for the suspended Gigi Buffon.
As well as another faultless display orchestrating things in the midfield from Pirlo, credit should also go to Chiellini for an impressive 94 per cent pass success rate that was key to helping the Bianconeri maintain their 100 per cent home record this season.