A strong display in all areas of the park allowed the Bianconeri to pick up where they left off from last season and open their Juventus Stadium campaign on a winning note with yesterday’s 2-0 success over Udinese.
Robust in defence, efficient in midfield and determined in attack, the reigning champions ushered in a new term in front their own fans with a positive performance against a new-look Zebrette outfit managed by Andrea Stramaccioni.
The 38-year-old silenced Juventus Stadium when he was last in the opposition dugout as Inter boss but there was to be no repeat this time around as Carlos Tevez’s strike on eight minutes – his 20th in 36 Serie A games – made it an uphill task for the visitors from the word go.
And Claudio Marchisio, who continues to revel in his role as Andrea Pirlo’s deputy with the most passes made for a second game in succession (87), put the final outcome beyond doubt when he rifled in his fifth Serie A goal of the calendar year on 75 minutes.
The result stretched Juventus’ winning run against Udinese to six games, with clean sheets kept in the last four.
Here’s a closer look at the main statistics from last night:
Shots on goal for the hosts compared to Udinese’s nine. Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez led the way with four apiece.
Opposition goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis was kept busy with seven Juventus strikes that hit the target. In contrast, it was a quiet night for Gigi Buffon down the other end, called into action just once.
Overall possession enjoyed by the Bianconeri, a figure that dropped significantly in the second-half due to the visitors’ greater positivity after the break.
Recoveries performed by Angelo Ogbonna, who nullified the counter-attacking threat of Antonio Di Natale and Luis Muriel with some resolute defensive work.
Passes completed by the hosts, who were crisp and purposeful when moving the ball around.
Crosses made. Wing play continues to be a productive avenue for the Bianconeri this season, with debutant Patrice Evra providing five deliveries into the penalty area.