Following the victory against Udinese by two goals to nil, courtesy of Paulo Dybala's double, here is the breakdown of the key matchday moments from Sunday's game.
Juve-Udinese: Talking Points
Once again, for the third match in a row, it was the Paulo Dybala show, as La Joya proved to be the difference maker again. After having scored the vital last-second goal away to Lazio a week ago, and getting the winner in the Champions League at Wembley in the Bianconeri’s 2-1 victory, Juve's number 10 scored two brilliant efforts to secure all three points.
Dybala scored the first of his two efforts in the 19th minute with a splendid left-footed free-kick leaving Albano Bizzarri with no chance in the Udinese goal. His second arrived early in the second half after a fantastic one-two with Gonzalo Higuain allowed him to slot home.
For the first time this season, Juve are top of the Serie A standings at the end of a complete matchday. The Bianconeri were able to take pole position after their win against Udinese and Napoli’s 0-0 draw at Inter. Juve will have the chance to extend their lead even further when they host Atalanta on Wednesday in their re-arranged fixture.
Sunday’s win saw La Vecchia Signora make it 11 Serie A wins in a row, having conceded only once in that period, with no goals coming against the Bianconeri in 2018. In fact, Juve are the only top side in the five major European leagues to have won all of their league games this year.
Dybala’s splendid free-kick to open the scoring was the fifth direct free-kick that Juve has scored from this season, having netted at least two more than any other team. In the top five major European leagues, only Lionel Messi (five) has scored more free-kicks than Dybala’s three.
Whether it’s Wojciech Szczesny or Gianluigi Buffon in-between the sticks, the Bianconeri have shown unbelievable resilience to have kept eight successive cleansheets, conceding no goals to date for the entirety of 2018!