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Juventus makes history by matching record start



Juventus have made more history by equaling the best ever start to a league season thanks to Friday’s win over Inter Milan.

Mario Mandzukic’s second half goal was just enough for Juventus to seal a 14th win in 15 matches to open the Serie A season.

With the victory, Juventus have equaled the best start after 15 match-days in the top five European Leagues in the three-point era.

The club has dropped just two points all season, with the lone disappointment coming in a 1-1 match with Genoa on October 20.

The start matches that of Paris Saint-Germain, who also sat on 43 points ahead of Wednesday’s draw against Strasbourg.

PSG had won their first 14 games in Ligue 1 this season, before drawing Bordeaux in their 15th contest, then did the same against Strasbourg in their 16th. 

With the win, Juventus opened a 14-point lead over third-place Inter with Napoli sitting second on 32 points with a game in hand.

Overall, the club has scored 32 goals in 15 matches while conceding just eight times.

Mandzukic, in particular, has proven a lucky charm throughout his Juventus career as the club has won all 27 matches in which the Croatian has scored.

The striker has scored against Lazio, Napoli, Milan and Inter, giving him a goal against each of the other top five clubs in the league.

While Mandzukic was Friday’s hero, Juventus’ defense has been particularly stout in recent weeks. 

Following a run of three league games in a row with goals conceded, Juventus have kept a clean sheet in their last four matches.

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Before Friday’s clash, Inter had scored in the club’s previous 10 Serie A games.

Next up for Juventus is Wednesday’s Champions League group stage finale with Young Boys before a return to Serie A against Torino next Saturday.

 



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