Giorgio Chiellini put in a sensational performance. His wonderful goal restored parity to a match that began as an uphill battle. He followed that with a near-flawless display at the back. It was little wonder he struggled to contain his excitement post-match.
“We put in a brilliant performance against a side on good form that caused us problems,” he explained. “We knew that coming in, we imagined it would be tough but we fought and stayed together throughout. Plus we’ve got players who can turn games in an instant.”
The success is down to the squad, with Chiellini adding that, “We always find our own motivation, that drive to win and push our boundaries.”
It had been some wait, for a trophy the club had long been striving for. “We’d waited 20 years for this, we wanted it and deserved it and Berlin is still some way off. We’ll celebrate winning this.”