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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

Monday 5 December

Sunday 4 December

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22:49
21:45
20:52
20:32
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20:07
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19:35
19:14
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18:41
18:25
18:09
17:29
17:13
17:08
17:05
16:52
16:52
16:38
16:36
16:12
14:45
13:54
13:50
13:30
12:50
12:43
11:48
11:16
10:14
08:15
05:27
05:07
03:41
03:07
02:48
01:46
00:50
00:17
00:17
00:11
00:11

Saturday 3 December

23:58
23:43
23:12
23:03
22:52
22:40
22:28
21:38
21:21
21:18
20:51
20:45
20:42
20:39
20:31
20:13
20:01
19:58
19:58
19:49
19:41
19:40
19:39
19:33
19:26
19:26
19:23
19:17
19:05
18:59
18:59
18:39
18:17
18:17
18:07
18:00
17:53
17:53
17:29
17:28
16:50
16:21
15:41
15:35
15:00
14:14
13:57
13:49
13:41
13:18
13:07
12:52
12:35
12:24
11:54
10:37
10:08
09:28
06:31
05:33
05:07
04:31
03:05
02:49
01:36
00:40
00:37

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +19 36
2 15 +19 32
3 15 +8 32
4 15 +12 28
5 15 +11 28
6 15 +7 28
7 15 +12 25
8 14 +6 23
9 15 -1 22
10 15 +1 21
11 15 -9 20
12 13 +2 19
13 14 -2 18
14 15 -6 17
15 14 -7 16
16 14 -5 15
17 15 -17 10
18 15 -15 8
19 15 -17 6
20 15 -18 6

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