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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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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

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Tuesday 28 April

Monday 27 April

23:24
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23:57
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10:49
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07:09
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02:36
00:39
00:12

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 32 +43 73
2 32 +28 59
3 32 +18 58
4 32 +18 56
5 32 +5 50
6 32 +6 49
7 32 +9 47
8 32 +4 47
9 32 +10 45
10 32 +6 43
11 32 -2 41
12 32 -16 39
13 32 -7 38
14 32 -9 37
15 32 -10 36
16 32 -6 35
17 32 -15 31
18 32 -24 24
19 32 -27 23
20 32 -31 16

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