Three goals and three points as Verona's historic run continues
#1. Verona's historic run continues. With three wins and two draws, only Lazio and Juventus have taken more points from their last five fixtures. Verona have also found the net in eleven consecutive matches in Serie A (a feat that even the legendary Oswaldo Bagnoli couldn't achieve).
#2. Goals galore. Not only are Verona scoring with pleasing regularity, but the goals are coming from all quarters of the pitch. On Sunday it was Dawidowic's turn to get in on the act - the Polish defender's first Serie A goal and Verona's 13th goalscorer this season. Pessina bagged the second (his 3rd of the season to cap another assured performance) and who else but veteran striker Pazzini to enter and slot home a late penalty.
#3. Strength in depth. That Borini, Badu and Pazzini all entered from the bench, is a sign of the quality and experience that Juric has at his disposal. Even so we can expect at least one more new face before the transfer deadline arrives.
#4. Carnival atmosphere. A wave of joy and optimism is sweeping the club as the fans are once again backing the manager and his players with full voice. In a flamboyant gesture, the Curva Sud distributed yellow and blue flags to all fans as they entered the stadium on Sunday, while a massive banner was unfurled expressing pride in the club's colours.
#5. Don't mention Europe. Focus remains fixed on salvation, with 40 points being Juric's stated objective for the season. But with such impressive form, a few optimistic eyes are casting a sly glance upwards towards European glory. A word of warning though: Verona's next three fixture are against Milan (A), Lazio (A) and Juventus (H). Whatever happens, the home fixture against Juve on Saturday 8 February is not to be missed!