The statistics from last night’s 2-0 away win at Trabzonspor confirm the overwhelming sense that Juventus went about sealing their place in the Europa League last 16 with absolute confidence.
Antonio Conte’s men imposed themselves undeterred by the Turkish fans who lived up to their passionate reputation, making a blistering start and going on to record 59 per cent of the overall possession.
What’s more, the Bianconeri’s 14 shots on target is a joint-record figure in the 2013/14 Europa League. Out of a total of 25 efforts, 21 were unleashed from inside the box, making crystal clear the Bianconeri’s success in breaking through the Trabzonpor ranks.
The man who netted the first goal, Arturo Vidal, is in unstoppable goalscoring form: his 17 strikes in all competitions during the current campaign are second only to Gonzalo Higuain among Serie A players.
And after scoring the second, Dani Osvaldo has an impressive return to his name: it’s two goals in two starts now for the Italian, who found the net against Trabzonspor both home and away.
But it wasn’t just in attack that Juve were strong yesterday. After experiencing a period of defensive difficulty unusual for the men in black and white stripes, they’ve completely turned things around in that department: following seven games without managing to keep a clean sheet, Conte’s men have not conceded in the last three.
Particularly outstanding from the back-line was Leonardo Bonucci, whose 91 passes were 31 more than any Trabzonspor man played.