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Not playing in the Champions League is a good thing for Juventus, says Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes a lack of Champions League football can help focus attention on the pursuit of the Serie A title.The Italy international, who is likely to feature in Friday night's friendly against Poland, reflected on the domestic situation his club find themselves in.

Juventus are fourth in the standings, but with a game in hand after last Sunday's fixture against Napoli was postponed.It has been an impressive start for the Bianconeri, having already beaten AC Milan and Inter which has strengthened hopes of a title win.And Chiellini feels not playing in Europe gives them an advantage compared to those involved in continental action on a regular basis, but he is not getting carried away."Not playing in Europe can be an advantage for Juventus for the Scudetto, but next year we want to be there," Chiellini is quoted as saying on Tuttosport."However, it is still early to say that we are favourites for the title."I think Milan are up there and Napoli also have a great project."Turning the focus onto Italy, Chiellini said he is looking forward to the return of Antonio Cassano and Giuseppe Rossi, who have both been ruled out for long periods after heart surgery and a cruciate ligament injury respectively."It's a shame for Cassano and Rossi, but we are waiting for them. However, we have been doing well for a year and we have many great players," said the defender.Kick-off against Poland at the Stadion Miejski is at 20.45CET.