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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

Wednesday 6 May

21:10
20:21
19:13
18:02
17:59
17:56
17:30
17:24
17:05
17:04
16:39
16:34
15:34
13:56
13:34
13:26
12:45
12:25
11:52
11:35
11:20
10:28
09:50
09:41
07:12
06:39
05:10
05:06
05:04
04:28
02:16
02:13

Tuesday 5 May

23:56
23:53
23:40
23:15
23:07
22:39
20:35
20:17
19:24
19:17
18:54
18:36
18:27
17:51
17:46
17:07
16:26
16:25
16:17
15:54
15:53
14:30
14:14
13:52
13:40
12:53
12:42
12:41
12:32
10:47
10:27
09:55
09:50
05:44
05:44
05:01
03:58
03:02
02:48
02:47
01:23
00:46
00:32
00:03

Monday 4 May

23:59
23:56
23:08
23:00
21:46
20:14
20:03
19:36
19:28
19:14
18:40
18:34
18:15
17:34
16:01
15:58
14:53
14:23
13:52
13:35
13:24
11:40
11:16
11:01
10:44
10:36
09:42
08:30
05:26
05:24
04:00
03:57
03:08
02:31
01:41
00:25
00:18

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +45 79
2 34 +23 64
3 34 +32 63
4 34 +19 59
5 34 +7 52
6 34 +4 51
7 34 +9 50
8 34 +11 49
9 34 +3 48
10 34 -2 43
11 34 +1 43
12 34 -8 41
13 34 -3 41
14 34 -7 41
15 34 -17 40
16 34 -13 37
17 34 -15 33
18 34 -21 27
19 34 -29 24
20 34 -39 16

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