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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

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Thursday 25 August

19:33
19:10
18:55
18:40
18:16
18:09
17:41
17:39
17:30
17:04
16:58
16:33
16:29
16:16
16:04
15:57
15:39
15:11
14:57
14:29
14:17
14:12
14:05
13:52
13:35
13:19
12:47
12:32
12:23
12:23
12:17
12:03
11:59
11:51
11:29
11:07
10:56
10:44
09:59
09:50
09:43
09:21
09:06
06:31
06:31
05:25
03:21
03:17
03:02
02:21
01:59
01:19
01:05
01:02
00:28
00:19

Wednesday 24 August

23:41
23:16
22:44
22:05
21:20
20:45
20:12
20:07
20:00
19:37
18:58
18:34
18:15
18:11
17:53
17:52
17:17
17:16
16:37
16:36
16:20
16:11
15:28
14:59
14:56
14:36
14:18
13:57
13:36
13:35
13:32
13:26
13:12
12:48
12:19
11:35
10:40
09:54
09:26
09:07
07:19
07:08
06:15
04:28
04:26
02:17
01:40
01:31
00:32
00:03
00:02

Tuesday 23 August

23:36
23:29
23:28
23:26
22:46
22:44
22:44
22:13
20:13
20:02
19:58
19:41
19:08
18:37
17:46
17:38
17:31
17:23
17:03
16:44
16:44
15:49
15:34
15:14
14:43
14:15
13:34
13:02
12:54
12:25
11:56
10:26
09:42
09:12
08:57
05:43
03:51
03:35
01:58
01:57
01:16
01:13
01:06
00:16
00:01
00:01

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +4 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 -4 0

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