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Chiellini: ´We have to thank Roma´

20 April 2014 04:18

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said he has savoured the battle with Roma for the Serie A crown, because of their rivals' pressure.

Juve are not yet assured of the Scudetto, but moved one very large step closer with a 1-0 victory over Bologna on Saturday - keeping them eight points clear of the capital club with four games remaining.

The title-holders are away at Sassuolo next, before potentially clinching the silverware against Roma in their third-last game of the league campaign.

Chiellini, though, said it has been a more worthwhile challenge to still have a live opponent in the Scudetto race.

"We have to thank Roma, as they keep us alive and remind us how difficult it is to win every single time," the 29-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

"They deserve praise, as they are making sure we really enjoy this title because it is so hard-fought."

Chiellini was aware Juve are just one Roma slip-up away from being assured of the silverware yet again, which would complete an impressive hat-trick in the club's history.

"We're nearly there. This was a very important win, we are really so close to this third consecutive Scudetto," he said.

Chiellini said coach Antonio Conte's half-time message was regarding their intensity, which was flat in the first 45 minutes, and their response resulted in Paul Pogba's 64th-minute winner.

"Conte just told us to raise the tempo and that's what we did, going up a gear. We knew Bologna were an organised side that didn't leave many spaces, but it was a deserved victory," he said.

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Competition
Serie A
Date
19 April 2014
Game week
34
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Juventus Stadium (Torino)
Attendance
39131

Goals

P. Pogba 64'
(assist by M. Isla) 
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Lineups

Substitutes

Sunday 25 September

Saturday 24 September

23:45
22:47
22:43
22:29
22:21
21:49
21:42
21:19
21:17
21:10
21:03
20:45
20:24
20:22
20:04
20:03
20:02
19:57
19:51
19:51
19:35
19:34
19:20
19:18
19:16
19:03
19:02
18:55
18:55
18:36
18:13
18:12
18:07
17:57
17:56
17:55
17:53
17:42
16:53
16:44
16:25
15:52
15:48
15:29
15:23
14:44
14:32
13:43
13:22
12:44
12:29
11:38
10:51
10:03
06:42
05:19
04:47
04:36
03:46
03:21
01:43
01:03
00:37
00:29
00:28
00:21
00:13

Friday 23 September

23:55
23:30
23:30
22:50
22:26
22:08
21:25
20:04
19:32
19:00
18:52
18:43
18:27
18:02
18:00
17:53
17:29
17:27
17:26
17:10
17:03
16:56
16:07
15:47
15:31
15:23
15:05
15:04
14:50
14:46
14:33
14:26
14:15
14:06
14:01
13:55
13:48
13:42
12:46
12:27
12:26
12:26
12:16
12:13
12:04
12:03
11:57
11:05
10:41
10:40
09:56
07:14
06:22
04:23
03:57
03:23
02:37
01:39
00:26
00:00

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 6 +8 15
2 6 +9 14
3 6 +6 10
4 5 +2 10
5 6 +1 10
6 5 +1 9
7 5 -2 9
8 6 +4 8
9 4 +2 7
10 5 +1 7
11 4 +1 7
12 5 -2 7
13 5 -2 6
14 5 -3 6
15 5 -1 5
16 6 -4 5
17 5 -4 4
18 5 -4 4
19 5 -5 3
20 5 -8 1

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