Giorgio Chiellini believes the Bianconeri can get even better after captaining his troops to a 2-1 victory over Torino at Juventus Stadium earlier this evening.
Handed the armband in Gigi Buffon’s absence due to injury, the 30-year-old proved a defensive pillar who rallied his side to dig in even when they went down to 10 men following Stephan Lichtsteiner’s dismissal.
Speaking to reporters in the mixed zone following tonight’s triumph in Turin, he began: “Winning an important match in the last minute is an incredible feeling. Thinking back to the game, we performed better in some areas and worse in others but Pirlo’s world-class finish handed us three priceless points.”
Torino arrived at Juventus Stadium with a noticeable gameplan and stifled the Bianconeri at every instance, with the hosts only registering three shots on Jean-Francois Gillet’s goal all game.
Two of those three efforts ultimately yielded the vital goals that sealed an important result towards the Bianconeri’s title charge, but Chiellini was quick to praise the visitors for their gutsy display: “The 3-5-2 formation is one that is difficult to contain. Torino gave a battling performance and they did well to pick out those players making darts inside.
“Bruno Peres’ outstanding goal upset our rhythm because it looked like we were on our way to getting a positive result after scoring early. But thank goodness Pirlo’s world class finish came along and we won, it’s a phenomenal victory.”
With the winter break now only three weeks away, clubs will be determined to pick up results in order to keep up with the Bianconeri who continue to set the league alight.
But despite sitting on 34 points from a possible 39, Chiellini insisted that Juventus were not getting too carried away with their stellar form thus far.
“We have to take it game by game. We’ve only dropped points in Genoa and Reggio Emilia, and yet the Italian league is as competitive as ever. You have to hand it to Roma who remain on our tails.”
He concluded: “We’re striving to get even better, without settling for what we’ve got at the moment. We’re aware of our quality, but continue to keep our feet on the ground.”