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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

Saturday 29 August

Friday 28 August

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22:49
22:39
22:37
21:59
21:04
20:52
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19:41
19:26
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18:37
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17:37
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16:54
16:47
16:28
16:10
15:55
15:54
15:46
15:36
15:35
15:28
14:25
14:19
14:16
14:02
13:49
13:21
13:05
12:33
11:40
11:35
11:30
11:11
11:04
10:14
09:32
09:03
08:43
08:29
06:17
06:16
05:34
04:57
04:38
04:20
03:59
03:53
02:41
01:13
01:10
00:25
00:15
00:07

Thursday 27 August

23:54
23:39
22:50
22:35
22:07
21:36
20:56
20:49
20:37
20:09
19:48
19:46
19:27
19:20
19:12
19:03
18:58
18:52
18:21
17:33
17:19
17:04
17:01
16:47
16:34
16:23
16:14
16:10
16:00
15:27
14:44
14:29
14:08
13:28
12:42
11:48
11:30
10:59
10:57
10:44
10:07
08:41
06:52
06:10
05:13
04:43
02:59
02:54
01:59
01:32
01:27
00:48
00:16
00:11

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +3 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +2 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +1 3
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 -1 0
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -2 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -3 0

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