Giorgio Chiellini has backed the Bianconeri to recover from the disappointment of last night’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina by going out all guns blazing when the two sides meet for Thursday’s decisive second leg at the Artemio Franchi.
The defender, speaking to Cristina Chiabotto on Jtv, expressed his regret at seeing the team’s deserved advantage snatched away by Mario Gomez’s leveller in the closing stages - but insists the tie is far from over.
The 29-year-old said: “It was certainly disappointing because we thought we deserved to win and instead we were unlucky. They did well to find the equaliser and secure an important result from their point of view. But I think everything’s still to play for.”
“Now we’ve got Sunday’s game against Genoa and it’s important for us to maintain our advantage over Roma and consolidate top spot. We’ll then give it absolutely everything we’ve got in Thursday’s return leg, which will be a tough and special encounter for all concerned.”
Joined by Mariella Scirea for the one-off ‘Filo Diretto’ special, Chiellini also spoke fondly of the legacy left by the subject of his recently released book ‘C’è Un Angelo Bianconero’, Juventus legend Gaetano.
He added: “He was an example to everyone. His name is still remembered to this day and we need to try and take inspiration from his principles – both footballing and human. In today’s frenetic world, many people lose sight the guidelines to follow. I think it’s important to recall those who have made history and try and follow in their footsteps as best we can.”