Football fans across the globe were treated to a scintillating evening of Serie A action as Juventus and Sampdoria both played their part in an entertaining affair in Turin.
The 4-2 victory in front of a jubilant crowd enabled Antonio Conte’s men to stretch their magnificent winning streak to 12 and register Serie A’s best ever points haul from 20 games since three were awarded for a win: 55.
In addition, Juventus have also netted in each of their last 33 league encounters and currently stand just two shy of a club record established in 1958.
Whilst the two-goal margin may indicate a relatively smooth ride for the reigning champions, the stats suggest that Sampdoria, who required Arturo Vidal’s 18th minute opener to spark them into life, more than played their part in an end-to-end encounter.
Having allowed Juventus to command over 70 per cent of possession during a one-sided opening 15 minutes, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s charges regained their composure to register a creditable overall figure of 49.1 by the end of the encounter.
With both sides refusing to relinquish their attacking philosophies, it’s perhaps little surprise that the shot count is among the highest recorded this season: 18 for Juventus, five of which found the target, one less overall for the visitors.
The Blucerchiati, however, did come out on top in the passing stakes, completing 87.1 per cent of their deliveries compared to the league leaders’ final figure of 83.8.
Individually speaking, another strident display and double from Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal enabled him to equal last season’s personal best return of Serie A 10 goals by mid-January.
He and Pogba, who netted his sixth of the campaign courtesy of a trademark blockbuster from range, were given licence to roam thanks in part to a mature display from Claudio Marchisio, who kept the play ticking over to good effect with 54 positive passes.
In attack, Fernando Llorente maintained his purple patch in the danger zone with his eighth championship goal of the season, four of which have come from his head.