Juventus got their 2013/14 campaign off to a resounding start with last night’s superb 4-0 victory over Lazio. Three goals in the space of four second half minutes proved enough to stave off the challenge of the Biancocelesti and clinch the club’s second Super Cup trophy in as many years.
While Vladimir Petkovic’s men may have just cause to feel hard done by after racking up 13 efforts on target over the course of the 90 minutes, there can be little argument when considering the Bianconeri’s efficiency in the final third, with seven of their nine attempts calling Federico Marchetti into action.
It wasn’t a completely one-sided affair, however, and Juventus had Gigi Buffon to thank for preserving an important clean sheet following his spectacular saves either side of half-time from Lazio duo Stefan Radu and Miroslav Klose.
Individually speaking, Giorgio Chiellini, who strengthened the Bianconeri’s grip on proceedings by notching the second shortly after the break, led the way in terms of balls recovered (22) and passes completed (69), seven more than midfield wizard Andrea Pirlo.