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Rossi looks beyond Pirlo threat

5 January 2013 00:04

Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi says his players will not focus on restricting Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo when the teams meet on Sunday.

Many sides opt to man-mark the veteran Italy international such is his talent on the ball, to varying degrees of success.

However, the midfielder is just one of a host of concerns for Sampdoria coach, who believes his side have a chance of beating Juve but said it will not be remotely easy.

"I'm not a technician who likes to match up with the opponent's formation," he told a press conference.

"They are a very strong side, but we believe we can win.

"We will not focus purely on Andrea Pirlo - he is a special player, but there are others who can cause us problems."

Sampdoria sit 15th in Serie A after 18 games in the 2012/13 campaign, just two points above the relegation zone.

Antonio Conte's men, on the other hand, are seven points clear at the top of the table on 44 points and are in a solid position to retain the Scudetto.

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Info

1 - 2

Competition
Serie A
Date
6 January 2013
Game week
19
Kick-off
15:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Juventus Stadium (Torino)
Attendance
38000

Goals

S. Giovinco (PG) 24'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
52' M. Icardi
 (assist by N. Krstičić)
1 - 2
68' M. Icardi
 (assist by Pedro Obiang)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15
19 39'
11
13 87'
21 90+4'
20
8
6 27'
32
12 24'
Coach: A. Conte
# Player Bookings
22 83'
28
13 23' 32'
3
17
16 17'
2
25 76'
14
23
98 52' 68' 90+4'
Coach: D. Rossi

Substitutes

Sunday 26 February

Saturday 25 February

23:45
23:27
22:36
21:42
21:27
21:11
20:41
20:39
20:24
20:18
19:58
19:43
19:34
19:27
19:26
19:23
19:03
18:49
18:29
18:29
18:12
18:02
18:01
17:59
17:53
17:52
17:40
17:30
17:18
17:16
16:42
16:23
16:14
14:49
14:49
14:35
14:31
14:16
14:06
13:35
13:12
13:12
12:47
12:13
12:07
11:54
11:04
10:25
09:00
07:27
06:49
06:02
05:07
04:56
03:50
02:34
02:14
01:33
00:30
00:22
00:15

Friday 24 February

23:53
23:34
23:30
23:15
22:23
21:56
21:14
21:11
21:07
20:42
20:05
18:31
18:17
18:08
17:32
17:08
16:54
16:49
16:40
16:31
16:20
16:03
16:02
15:28
15:08
15:02
14:58
14:49
14:33
13:50
13:46
13:45
13:26
13:25
13:20
13:19
13:12
13:05
12:39
12:29
12:25
11:49
11:18
10:47
10:05
10:00
09:35
08:59
07:42
05:34
03:44
02:23
02:09
01:02
01:01
00:05

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +38 66
2 25 +32 56
3 26 +31 54
4 26 +16 51
5 25 +16 48
6 25 +15 47
7 25 +7 44
8 25 +7 40
9 25 +6 35
10 25 -1 34
11 25 -8 32
12 25 -6 30
13 25 -6 29
14 25 -18 28
15 25 -15 27
16 25 -13 25
17 26 -22 22
18 25 -28 14
19 25 -23 13
20 25 -28 12

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