- Gonzalo Higuain hailed Juventus' complete performance in their home Serie A victory over Lazio, saying the visitors did not offer the slightest threat. Juve won 2-0 on Sunday thanks to strikes from Paulo Dybala and Higuain inside the first 16 minutes. It was an impressive resp...Gonzalo Higuain hailed Juventus' complete performance in their home Serie A victory over Lazio, saying the visitors did not offer the slightest threat. Juve won 2-0 on Sunday thanks to strikes from Paulo Dybala and Higuain inside the first 16 minutes. It was an impressive response from Massimiliano Allegri's men after they had suffered their fourth league defeat of the season at Fiorentina last time out. Higuain achieves first for 11 years at Juve And the former Real Madrid striker was thrilled after a match which saw him score his 12th career Serie A goal against Lazio, making them his favourite top-flight opponents. "Lazio didn't threaten us in the slightest and we have taken three very big points," Higuain said to Sky Italia. "The only ones with doubts were the media. We knew full well that we made mistakes, but we had proven ourselves in every other game. "We figured out what we got wrong at Fiorentina and worked on it." The victory over fourth-placed Lazio saw Allegri deploy a bold new 4-2-3-1 system, which featured attacking trio Higuain, Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in the same team for the first time in Serie A this season. "It means we have to work hard but it is an excellent idea," added Higuain, who now has 14 league goals this season. "It is normal with a more attacking system that we all need to track back and help out in defence, but we proved that we can play like this." Allegri thrilled 'mad idea' worked Juve are now four points clear of Roma, who face Cagliari later on Sunday, at the top of Serie A. Midfielder Miralem Pjanic was similarly impressed by his team's display, telling Juve's website: "We really enjoyed the system and it was a great response from us. "We afforded them very little and we were aggressive, creating chances and playing good football. These are three very important points in the title race."
- Massimiliano Allegri admits his bold new Juventus system was a "mad idea", but is thrilled with how it worked against Lazio. Juve lined up in a new 4-2-3-1 formation, which included Mario Mandzukic playing as a winger in a team that also contained Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higu...Massimiliano Allegri admits his bold new Juventus system was a "mad idea", but is thrilled with how it worked against Lazio. Juve lined up in a new 4-2-3-1 formation, which included Mario Mandzukic playing as a winger in a team that also contained Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain – the first time the attacking trio have played together in Serie A this season. The system worked a treat, with Dybala and Higuain sending Allegri's men two goals up in Turin within 16 minutes. Juve held on for a comfortable victory with Gianluigi Buffon having nothing to do aside from two simple saves early in the second half, leaving Allegri pondering using the system again in the future. "I am not much of a theorist, but every now and then I come up with a mad idea and try it on the pitch," Allegri said to Sky Italia. "During the week I had not even thought about it, but after a training session the next morning I thought, 'I have to change something'. "I had said in the press conference on Saturday that it was an option, but nobody expected me to actually do it! "I don't have to make anyone happy. The important thing is to be sure what you are doing. "Mandzukic has gone back in time because he played in that role when he was much younger. He also has a never-ending engine and wasn't even tired at full-time. He did very well defending and in terms of technique. "The system is certainly one option we can use. Everyone was involved and played a great game as a team. "Even with so many attacking players, we allowed little or nothing to Lazio. We made a few mistakes and could have had many more goals." Juve's victory in what was Allegri's 300th match as a Serie A head coach moved them four points clear of Scudetto rivals Roma, who face Cagliari later on Sunday, at the top of the table.
- Gonzalo Higuain has become the first player to score in five successive Serie A matches for Juventus in over 11 years. Dybala & Higuain down Lazio By finding the net in Sunday’s clash against Lazio, the Argentine international emulated the achievement of France international fo...Gonzalo Higuain has become the first player to score in five successive Serie A matches for Juventus in over 11 years. Dybala & Higuain down Lazio By finding the net in Sunday’s clash against Lazio, the Argentine international emulated the achievement of France international forward David Trezeguet, who was the last player from the Turin giants to achieve such a feat. Higuain has been in terrific scoring form after initially being criticised as overweight when he arrived at Juventus Stadium in the summer for a record fee from Napoli. The 29-year-old has netted 17 times in 26 matches. He has been in particularly impressive since scoring twice against Torino in mid-December. He then scored against Roma before the winter break and has started 2017 without having lost any of that momentum, as he registered versus Bologna and Fiorentina. Trezeguet’s run, meanwhile, came in 2005, when he scored 11 goals in a sequence of nine consecutive games. The France great struck against Siena, Lazio, Cagliari (twice), Fiorentina, Treviso, Roma, Livorno, Milan and Sampdoria during an astonishing run of form. Higuain, a France-born Argentina international, therefore has some way to go to beat Trezeguet, an Argentine-born France international.
- Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain struck as Juventus got their Serie A title bid back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Lazio in Turin. Leaders Juve increased their advantage over Roma – who face Cagliari later on Sunday – to four points as they made an impressive resp...Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain struck as Juventus got their Serie A title bid back on track with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Lazio in Turin. Leaders Juve increased their advantage over Roma – who face Cagliari later on Sunday – to four points as they made an impressive response to their loss away to Fiorentina last time out. Dybala put Massimiliano Allegri's men in front within five minutes, his third goal in four games across all competitions. Higuain quickly doubled the advantage, striking for the 12th time in his Serie A career against Lazio, his favourite top-flight opponents. And the hosts controlled proceedings from then on, Dybala missing second-half chances to add to the lead with Simone Inzaghi's men never threatening a comeback. Juve's record home league winning streak now stands at an astonishing 27 matches after victory in Allegri's 300th Serie A match as a head coach. Fourth-placed Lazio had won five of their last six games coming into the match, but are used to struggling against Juve, who they have not beaten in 25 league attempts. Juve switched to a new 4-2-3-1 formation for the match and made a magnificent start. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Mario Mandzukic – in as two of Juve's four changes – combined, before the Croatia striker's headed pass set up Dybala to lash in a left-footed strike from just outside the area. It was two for the champions after 16 minutes, Juan Cuadrado curling in a cross from the right and the onrushing Higuain stabbing in a low finish for his 14th league goal of the season. Lazio threatened for the first time when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic struck narrowly wide from 25 yards, but Higuain had the ball in the net again just before the half-hour mark at the other end, only to rage at the assistant for flagging him offside as he headed in Dybala's free-kick. Gianluigi Buffon was called into action for the first time with simple saves from Stefan Radu and Felipe Anderson early in the second half, while Dybala squandered a good chance to put the match beyond doubt for Juve, firing wide after Cuadrado created the opportunity. Dybala was visibly frustrated after wasting an even better chance in Juve's next attack of note, failing to hit the target after Higuain's throughball had left him one-on-one with Federico Marchetti. Lazio, meanwhile, were unable to test Buffon at all in the closing stages, with Juve substitute Marko Pjaca wasting two good late chances at the other end as his side saw out a low-key second half with surprising ease.
- Winning a sixth Serie A title in a row would make Juventus' players "legends of Italian sport", according to defender Giorgio Chiellini. Juve have been the dominant force in Italy since the 2010-11 season under the leadership of Antonio Conte and more recently Massimiliano All...Winning a sixth Serie A title in a row would make Juventus' players "legends of Italian sport", according to defender Giorgio Chiellini. Juve have been the dominant force in Italy since the 2010-11 season under the leadership of Antonio Conte and more recently Massimiliano Allegri. Last season Juve claimed a fifth successive Scudetto for the second time in their history, having previously done it from 1931 to 1935, while Torino - from 1942 to 1949, a run disrupted by World War II - and Inter - from 2006 to 2010 - have also achieved the same feat. No club has ever secured a sixth on the spin, though, giving Juve the chance to break new ground in the Italian top flight in 2016-17. After 19 matches they sit one point clear of Roma with a game in hand, and if they manage to hang on until May Chiellini says their names will always be remembered. "I'd love the sixth straight Serie A title!" Chiellini told the Corriere dello Sport. "It's something nobody has ever done before and something that would make us become legends of Italian sport. "It's an opportunity we'd never be able to repeat, and I think you'd have to wait a very long time for a side capable of winning six consecutive titles again. "Therefore we can't let this chance slip away. We all want it and have to achieve it." Juve host Lazio on Sunday as they look to bounce back from last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Fiorentina.