Mourinho’s ‘smashing lads’ have Juventus in their sights

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AFP, Rome :
Jose Mourinho will hope his “bunch of smashing lads” from AS Roma build on their impressive 2-0 win over defending Serie A champions Napoli last weekend and dent Juventus’s title-chasing ambitions on Saturday.

Juventus could be seven points adrift of leaders Inter Milan come Saturday if Simone Inzaghi’s side beat Genoa for their sixth successive victory on Friday.

A win for Roma would keep them firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place next season, they are presently sixth just three points off fourth-placed Bologna.

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Bologna, though, will be favoured to beat relegation-threatened Udinese earlier on Saturday.

Mourinho refuses to make any comment on whether he has been set a target for this campaign-any ambitions he believes have to be taken into the context that the club is under Financial Fair Play restrictions.

“I prefer to take things one at a time for one very simple reason and this is not to blame anyone; it’s not a criticism but we have a group of players with complicated injury histories,” said Mourinho.