A scorer in last year’s showpiece on this very day in 2015 and a mainstay in a seemingly impenetrable Juventus defence for the past five seasons, who better to preview Saturday’s Coppa Italia final meeting with Milan at the Stadio Olimpico than Giorgio Chiellini?
Chiellini, like the rest of his Bianconeri colleagues, is no stranger to the big occasion and in the eyes of the towering defender, his team’s enjoyment of cup finals and title-deciding encounters has been just reward for the hard work put in by the Old Lady in past half-decade.
As a result, there should be no shortage of motivation for a group that is on the brink of doing what no other Italian side has done before: winning back-to-back league and cup doubles.
Previewing the encounter, he began, “Juventus have been contesting finals regularly for the last few years and that has been the fruit of some excellent work from all involved at the club. As a player, you live to play in important fixtures like this one and to lift as many trophies as possible.
“If anything, winning here would mean more to us than Milan. While they will want to end the campaign on a high with some silverware and secure European football for next season, we are on the brink of doing what no other team has done before.”