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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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Monday 2 May

Sunday 1 May

23:50
23:21
22:43
22:43
21:20
21:00
20:27
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18:50
18:45
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17:56
17:42
17:37
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15:49
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15:24
14:53
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14:25
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13:12
12:57
12:38
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06:30
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06:10
05:52
04:18
04:17
03:41
03:24
01:19
01:11
00:36
00:34
00:29
00:18
00:09

Saturday 30 April

23:52
23:03
22:35
22:24
21:54
21:35
21:23
20:42
20:40
20:38
20:34
20:27
20:24
20:09
20:09
20:06
19:59
19:57
19:48
19:44
19:41
19:27
19:27
19:19
19:14
19:11
19:00
18:50
18:34
18:19
18:05
18:04
18:02
17:56
17:54
17:37
17:26
17:26
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16:19
15:50
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14:44
14:34
14:23
14:06
13:59
13:48
13:35
13:21
12:42
12:35
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11:36
11:07
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09:31
07:23
07:17
05:59
04:35
04:20
04:14
03:31
03:16
02:17
02:13
02:00
01:56
00:58
00:56
00:10

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 36 +51 88
2 35 +42 73
3 35 +36 71
4 36 +13 64
5 36 +16 60
6 36 +6 55
7 36 +7 54
8 36 +0 51
9 36 +1 49
10 36 -1 45
11 36 -9 43
12 35 -4 43
13 36 -11 41
14 35 -6 41
15 36 -5 40
16 36 -24 38
17 36 -19 35
18 36 -28 35
19 36 -36 31
20 36 -29 25

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