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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 26 January

Sunday 25 January

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22:03
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19:49
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12:05
11:53
11:50
11:04
11:00
10:33
10:28
10:00
03:14
02:37
01:47
01:28
00:52
00:03

Saturday 24 January

23:41
23:41
23:26
22:57
22:44
22:01
22:01
21:56
21:51
21:11
21:05
20:56
20:43
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19:56
19:48
19:40
19:34
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19:04
19:02
19:01
18:52
18:47
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17:57
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16:48
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00:04

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +35 49
2 20 +18 42
3 20 +13 34
4 20 +8 34
5 19 +10 33
6 20 +9 31
7 19 +4 28
8 20 +0 27
9 20 +3 26
10 20 +3 26
11 20 -4 25
12 20 -4 25
13 19 -3 24
14 20 -10 24
15 20 -10 20
16 19 -6 19
17 20 -11 19
18 20 -10 18
19 20 -21 12
20 20 -24 9

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