A solid rearguard and clinical finishing were the foundations behind last night’s fine 3-0 win over Lazio, the Bianconeri’s tenth Serie A triumph of the season.
In spite of the injury situation leaving Massimiliano Allegri short of options in defensive areas, the reigning champions’ backline stood tall in a fiery atmosphere before bringing Lazio’s three-game home winning streak to a dramatic halt in ruthless fashion.
It was the Bianconeri’s ninth Serie A clean sheet of the season (only Bayern have shipped fewer goals across the top five European leagues), with the dominant displays of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini ensuring Gigi Buffon remained well protected throughout.
Down the other end, Carlos Tevez kept up his purple patch with his ninth goal in 10 Serie A outings, while Paul Pogba, a menace from start to finish, netted his second brace in Italian football courtesy of cool finishes either side of half-time.
Here’s a closer look at some of the main numbers behind last night’s victory:
Juventus have scored in all but one of their last 19 Serie A games.
Goals conceded so far this season, statistically the Bianconeri’s best ever defensive record after 12 Serie A games.
Pinpoint long passes executed by Andrea Pirlo, who also made five recoveries and completed 100 per cent of his dribbles. An excellent display in the heart of midfield.
Times Juventus have hit the woodwork this season, the latest of which coming from Pogba’s stunning strike that left Federico Marchetti motionless on 29 minutes.
Possession enjoyed by the visitors, no mean feat considering Lazio’s recent home form.
Passes completed by both Bonucci and Chiellini, more than any other player on the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico.