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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 17 January

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19:56
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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +24 45
2 20 +23 44
3 20 +22 41
4 20 +13 40
5 19 +8 37
6 20 +10 36
7 20 +8 35
8 19 +5 30
9 20 +9 30
10 20 -13 26
11 20 -2 25
12 20 -6 25
13 20 -4 24
14 19 -7 23
15 20 -5 23
16 20 -6 21
17 20 -15 18
18 20 -23 10
19 19 -20 9
20 19 -21 9

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