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Juve buoyant for Bremen visit

Published: Saturday 4 March 2006, 20.55CET
Victories in their last two Serie A matches have left Juventus in a positive mood as they look to overturn a first-leg deficit against Werder Bremen. features

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Published: Saturday 4 March 2006, 20.55CET

Juve buoyant for Bremen visit

Victories in their last two Serie A matches have left Juventus in a positive mood as they look to overturn a first-leg deficit against Werder Bremen.

Juventus will go into their return against Werder Bremen on Tuesday looking to overturn a 3-2 deficit, and the Italian champions will be in confident mood having won both matches since that first encounter although their German visitors have also remained unbeaten since the first leg at the Weserstadion on 22 February.

UC Sampdoria 0-1 Juventus
A Pavel Nedvěd strike proved enough to give Juventus victory in Genoa to help the Serie A leaders maintain a ten-point advantage over AC Milan at the top of the table. The Czech Republic midfielder headed the only goal of the game 24 minutes into the second half. Juventus were without first-choice strikers David Trezeguet (ankle) and Zlatan Ibrahimović (knee) for Saturday's match, while Gianluca Zambrotta switched to the right side of defence. Fabio Capello, whose team have also defeated US Leece 3-1 since the first leg against Bremen, were also without defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Alessandro Birindelli for the trip to Sampdoria.

Capello said: "We have a great attitude and believe that we can win against anyone. We never think about who is missing or injured, but we always play to win. Sampdoria performed well in the first half, they were aggressive, fast and gave us some problems. At half-time I told my players that Sampdoria could not keep on playing as they did in the first period and after that we played much better. We scored and could have even added a second goal."

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-1 Werder Bremen
Second-placed Bremen could only collect a point from their Bundesliga visit to Leverkusen on Saturday, thereby failing to take full advantage of leaders FC Bayern München's defeat against Hamburger SV and remaining eight points adrift of the summit. Midfielder Torsten Frings opened the scoring for Bremen from the penalty spot after just three minutes but Dimitar Berbatov struck back shortly before half-time.

Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf had to do without first-choice goalkeeper Andreas Reinke because of injury while defender Naldo (groin), captain Frank Baumann (foot), and striker Aaron Hunt (knee) were also ruled out. Tim Wiese again took over from Reinke between the posts and goalscorer Frings replaced Daniel Jensen in the starting lineup. "We did not perform in the free way Bremen are known to," said Wiese. "Leverkusen were the better side and played with more aggression than us. In the end we have to be happy that we did not lose the game." The Leverkusen draw followed a 2-0 home victory against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on 25 February which was achieved thanks to first-half goals from Ivan Klasnić and Miroslav Klose.

Last updated: 05/03/06 18.31CET

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