Juventus vs. Atalanta: 6 Things We Learned
Juventus hosted Atalanta on Monday night, safe in the knowledge that the Serie A title was already confirmed thanks to Roma's surprising loss to Catania. With Juve's third consecutive Scudetto delivered, it was no surprise to see Antonio Conte heavily rotate his starting line-up.
Even without the majority of their first choice XI, the Bianconeri had too much for their opponents. Over the following pages are six things we learned from the Turin giants' narrow 1-0 victory.
1. Juventus Seal 100 Per Cent Home Record
Perhaps the most defining statistic of the 2013-14 season for Juve has been their imperious home form, with 18 of the 31 total victories coming in Turin. With three draws and two losses on their travels, their 100 per cent record at Juventus Stadium has been a major influence in delivering the 32nd league title.
2. Juventus Possess Strength in Depth
Knowing there was no pressure on his team here, Antonio Conte opted to rest the majority of his starting XI. Bringing in a number of players he had previously only sparingly used, the coach highlighted the impressive quality at his disposal.
3. Heroes Are Found in Unlikely Places
After a dull first half, the tie was settled by Simone Padoin's 72nd-minute strike. The goal, which came in the midfielder's seventh league start this term, marked only his second goal since joining the Turin giants in January 2012.
4. Paul Pogba Continues to Exert His Influence
Paul Pogba exerted his influence on yet another match for the Bianconeri, highlighting just how important he has become since leaving Manchester United. Heavily involved in the buildup to Simone Padoin's goal, the French midfielder proved decisive once again for Juventus.
His assist here was his seventh of the campaign, and with the same number of strikes himself, the 21-year-old has continually shown his impact on the three-time champions throughout the season.
5. Sebastian Giovinco Continues to Impress
Often jeered by Juventus fans, Sebastian Giovinco turned in another impressive performance, perhaps the best Bianconeri player in the opening 45 minutes. Having come close to opening the scoring on a number of occasions, the 27-year-old was withdrawn at half-time following an injury.
With just eight starts, the Turin native has perhaps shown enough to remain with the club next term, an incredible turnaround following a dismal start to the campaign.
6. Giacomo Bonaventura Shines Again
Despite being largely overlooked on a night that was always just about Juventus, Giacomo Bonaventura once again showed just how talented he is. Continually linked with a move away from Atalanta, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder was his side's most influential player by some distance, turning in another impressive performance.
Weighing in with two interceptions as he completed 90 per cent of his pass attempts, the Under-21 international showed why he has been linked with moves to a bigger club this summer, per Football Italia.
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