Giorgio Chiellini believes the Bianconeri’s positive introduction to the season sends out an “important signal” to the rest of Serie A following a summer of change in Turin.
The defender, who helped the team to their fifth consecutive clean sheet of the campaign against Cesena,also claims the refusal to underestimate the visitors was key to extending a victorious start to life under Massimiliano Allegri with last night’s win at Juventus Stadium.
Speaking to Jtv’s Filo Diretto, Chiellini began: “We’re happy with how we’ve started the season. It’s an important signal following the eventful summer we experienced.
“Our approach was excellent yesterday, we immediately took the lead in the first half and looked to put the game to bed as soon as possible after the break, maintaining a high intensity and plenty of focus throughout.”
With clashes against Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and Roma on the horizon, Allegri made four changes from the starting line-up in Milan and saw them pay off as the returning Arturo Vidal stole the show by netting a brace.
And Chiellini is convinced the strong displays shown by those entering the fray can only be a plus when looking to the future.
“We managed to rest a few important players and Arturo made his comeback following the injury he sustained on international duty. The many positive signals bode well for the upcoming games. But we’ll keep moving on and working hard on a daily basis because we know we’re just at the start.”
After locking horns with the Nerazzurri in Bergamo this weekend, it’s back to Europe’s elite club competition for the Bianconeri, who will be looking to build on their winning start against Malmo by claiming a result in the Spanish capital.
When asked for his thoughts on the tournament, Chiellini said: “The Champions League is different from Serie A on a physical level. We got off to a good start, but must put in a top performance in Madrid.”
One of the team’s leaders both on and off the field of play, the 30-year-old is the embodiment of the battling spirit and dedication that Bianconeri fans love to see.
Now firmly cemented as a part of the Juventus fabric after almost a decade with the club, Chiellini expressed his desire to enjoy many more victories in the black and white stripes.
He concluded: “As the years go by I feel even more of an integral part of this team. I’ve become a man whilst playing for this team and living in Turin. I hope I can honour this shirt until the end of my career and celebrate further achievements alongside the fans, club and my team-mates.”