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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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Thursday 26 May

Wednesday 25 May

23:51
23:14
22:29
21:40
21:14
21:02
20:37
19:57
19:41
18:55
18:37
18:37
18:30
18:07
17:06
16:30
16:24
16:23
15:58
15:50
15:09
14:54
14:42
14:34
14:29
14:01
13:44
13:27
13:17
12:54
12:33
11:46
11:03
11:02
10:58
10:37
10:00
09:27
08:57
08:32
08:30
05:24
05:20
04:43
04:40
03:51
03:50
03:22
01:34
01:32
00:56
00:18
00:15

Tuesday 24 May

23:37
23:17
22:00
21:39
20:35
20:03
19:42
19:33
19:10
18:56
18:16
18:04
18:03
17:36
17:18
17:12
16:38
16:05
16:01
15:51
15:21
14:52
14:37
14:26
14:14
13:52
13:20
13:19
13:03
12:58
12:34
12:13
11:56
11:33
11:24
11:16
11:07
10:01
09:34
09:15
08:50
08:35
06:48
06:16
05:19
04:12
02:46
02:08
01:49
01:17
00:56
00:46
00:27
00:17

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +55 91
2 38 +48 82
3 38 +42 80
4 38 +12 67
5 38 +18 64
6 38 +9 61
7 38 +6 57
8 38 +0 54
9 38 -2 50
10 38 -9 46
11 38 -3 46
12 38 -3 45
13 38 -6 45
14 38 -12 42
15 38 -13 40
16 38 -27 39
17 38 -25 39
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -41 31
20 38 -29 28

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