Giorgio Chiellini believes Juventus will need to work harder than ever if they are to fight off an improved chasing pack in their bid to lift a third consecutive Scudetto title this season.
Speaking from the team’s pre-season training base in California, Chiellini said: ““History dictates that winning three consecutive championships is very difficult. We’ve got everything to do it, but it won’t be a walk in the park. After all, it wasn’t a straightforward run to the title last year, given that the gap in the table was minimal in January.
“Then we did well to motor along stronger than the others when people thought we might have paid the price for our involvement in the Champions League.”
The 28-year-old claims the arrivals of Rafael Benitez and Walter Mazzarri as coaches of Napoli and Inter respectively, plus the strength of Milan and Fiorentina, will ensure the Bianconeri will have at least four sides vying to overturn their domestic supremacy.
“Napoli have made wholesale changes, they’ve got a new manager and will play in a different way. The likes of Milan, Inter and Fiorentina are slightly ahead of the rest. I view these teams as our most realistic challengers in the Scudetto race.”
Chiellini concluded with a comment on yesterday’s well-earned afternoon off in San Francisco. He believes that after seven days of hard work in the United States, both he and his team-mates appreciated the opportunity to recharge the batteries by visiting some of the city’s most famous landmarks.
“It was much needed. We’re working well, but also a great deal. Being able to see the city in which we’ve been saying for a few days helps to bring the group together and inspire us to train even better.”