Last night’s 2-1 win over Milan represented the Bianconeri’s 21st triumph in 22 Serie A fixtures, a run that has taken them nine points clear at the top of the table ahead of Napoli’s meeting with Verona later today.
Clinical finishing, spirit and determined defending were the key factors behind yesterday’s comeback victory – all encouraging signs for Massimiliano Allegri as his men enter the final furlong of their top flight campaign.
Here is a round-up of some of the key figures from the San Siro:
Strikes in as many Serie A games for Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian frontman, who had previously been on a seven-match barren run in front of goal, has bounced back in some style, netting a crucial winner against Empoli followed by last night’s important response to Alex’s opener.
Saves made by last night’s stand-out performer Gianluigi Buffon in the team’s last three away games. Four of these came yesterday at the San Siro, where Bacca and Balotelli were denied by a stunning second-half double stop. Earlier on in the game, Alex had succeeded where his team-mates failed courtesy of an unstoppable header - the first Serie A goal from open play conceded by the Bianconeri since 10 January.
The number of Serie A goals Pogba has had a direct hand in this season (seven goals, eight assists), a personal best for the Frenchman since he joined the club in 2012. Last night’s winner enabled him to surpass his 2014/15 record of 14.
The Bianconeri have taken 64 points from the last 66 available, gaining 16 from losing situations across the campaign. Five wins have come from the 10 games in which they have fallen behind, a record in this season’s Serie A.
Percentage of tackles won by the visitors. Playing against a Rossoneri outfit hungry for redemption was never going to be a straightforward task for Massimiliano Allegri’s men, but their battling qualities came to the fore and they dug deep to secure a vital three points in their quest for a fifth successive title.