Giorgio Chiellini has called on Juventus to “pick up where they left off” when they return to Serie A action in Sunday afternoon’s meeting with Livorno at the Stadio Armando Picchi.
The Bianconeri approached the recent international break on a sensational streak of form, with four victories and as many clean sheets taking them to within one point of leaders Roma.
And defensive stalwart Chiellini insists the team will not be found wanting for a lack of focus as they look to keep up the pressure on the Giallorossi with a win over newly-promoted Livorno this weekend.
Speaking alongside Gianluca Pessotto and Pavel Nedved at last night’s charity dinner in Moncalieri, the 29-year-old said: “We headed into the international break on excellent form and need to pick up where we left off.
“We know about the difficulties we could run into after the break, but also the importance of not underestimating anyone and dropping points that at the end could prove decisive.
“We’ve never done so and it won’t happen this time around. Just like we won’t run the risk of thinking about Copenhagen, we’ll start focusing on the Champions League from Sunday night onwards.”
The suspensions of central defensive duo Leonardo Bonucci and Angelo Ogbonna could force Antonio Conte into deploying Chiellini in an unorthodox role at the heart of defence.
But the Pisa-born stopper, who began his professional career with Livorno in 2000, says he would be perfectly happy to put in a shift wherever the manager deems fit.
He added: “I’m good, barring any last minute hitches I’ll be available. We’ve got a few difficulties injury-wise in defence and I’m also ready to play in the middle of the back three if asked to do so. The position’s a little different to where I usually feature, but that’s no problem as far as I’m concerned.”