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Juve look to rebound

Fabio Quagliarella says champions Juventus will be fired up for the trip to newly-promoted Pescara on Sunday despite lining up for their third game in the space of a week.

Quagliarella is vying with several top Juve strikers for more playing time this season but came off the bench Wednesday to score the fourth goal in a 4-0 Champions League rout of Danish champions Nordsjaelland.

As well as boosting Juve's knockout phase chances, the win ended a nine-game streak of draws in Europe and made amends for a first defeat in 50 games after the Turin giants lost to Inter Milan last Saturday.

Quagliarella's chances of playing are slim as Juve are set to welcome back Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic following a short absence.

But Quagliarella told www.juventus.com: "Playing every three days means there's no time to look back, the defeat along with yesterday's (Wednesday) victory are now firmly behind us.

"We're all looking ahead to Pescara."

Inter's 3-1 win at Juventus reduced the Nerazzurri's deficit to Juventus to just one point.

Andrea Stramaccioni's side, however, face another Nerazzurri (black and blue) in Atalanta who showed last week, in a 2-1 win away to Sampdoria, that they can cause surprises.

That is not all 36-year-old Stramaccioni has to deal with, however.

Inter have nine players injured but were in good heart in the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night.

But the youngest coach in Serie A is keeping a mature head on his shoulders.

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