Speaking after last night’s Champions League clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, Antonio Conte praised the way in which his side asserted themselves against Real Madrid, and the statistics show he was absolutely justified in doing so.
In fact, the figures from Juventus’ 2-1 away defeat to Los Blancos reveal a very balanced encounter. The two sides have still never drawn in European competition, but perhaps on this occasion it would have been a result that better represented the flow of play.
The two sides can’t be separated on the shot count, with both making 13 attempts and both seeing seven of those register on target.
Juve even had a slight upper hand in terms of the number of corners won, enjoying five opportunities as opposed to Real’s four, and put in three more crosses than their opponents.
And while the hosts eventually emerged superior in the possession stakes, the 48% of the ball that Conte’s men were able to lay claim to is no mean feat in an arena as prestigious and packed full of opposition supporters as the Bernabeu.
Fernando Llorente, goalscorer there for the third time in his career but netting his first Champions League goal for the Bianconeri last night, was the Juve player who had the most touches in the opposition box with four, second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in that respect.
All things considered, the statistics suggest the Bianconeri can have every right to be optimistic of improving the final result when they welcome the Spaniards to Turin on Tuesday 5 November for another much-anticipated showdown.