Thursday March 1 2012
De Ceglie: Chievo fundamental

Juventus full-back Paolo De Ceglie recognises the importance of beating Chievo this coming weekend. “Every game we face from here on in is fundamental.”

The Old Lady have the advantage in the title race after Week 25’s troublesome 1-1 draw away to Milan. With the superior head-to-head record over the Rossoneri, the Turin outfit may be a point behind but still carry a game in hand - next Wednesday’s rearranged fixture with Bologna.

Ahead of the weekend clash with Chievo, who held Juve to a 0-0 draw earlier in the season, De Ceglie has expressed the value he and his teammates are placing on each game.

“It’s certainly an important moment,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website.

“Every game we face from here on in is fundamental. We’ll begin on Saturday against Chievo in a match we know will be difficult.

“We’ll need to tackle it with maximum commitment and the right desire.”

De Ceglie featured early in the season at left-back for the Bianconeri, but has more recently been playing in a left-wing-back role as Antonio Conte has switched around formations.

“Our way of playing is different this year. We put in a lot more aggression and focus more on possession.

“Playing in a back four or midfield five isn’t that different, the only thing that changes is the position you start off from.”

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