Juventus
    23.09.2018 23:55 - in: Serie A S

    Chiellini hails “one of the best Juve sides of recent years”

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    “We’ve got a wonderful and exciting task ahead of us – to win even more silverware.”

    Many teams faced with the challenge posed by Frosinone on Sunday evening might have lost their composure and perhaps even the match, but not Juve. The Bianconeri remained calm and consistent in their approach before ultimately making their dominance pay. Speaking after the match, Giorgio Chiellini expressed great satisfaction with the result and the performance.

    “We put in a good display, showing focus and concentration. These matches are tough, when you’re up against sides that sit deep, perhaps running the risk of being hit on the counter,” he said.

    “You need to stay focused, because with the quality we have up front the goal will come. I think the attitude of our attackers, who kept their composure and didn’t try to force the issue, was key.”

    Commenting on his team-mates in attack, the captain shared some thoughts on the individual components: “This is exactly what we expected from [Cristiano] Ronaldo – he’ll score lots and lots of goals and that’s a problem for opponents. I’m not surprised by [Federico] Bernardeschi – he’s destined to become an even more important player.

    I think [Paulo] Dybala showed the best attitude of the lot out there tonight – he’s crucial to us and helps us win games. Against Parma he came on when we were winning 2-1. I thought a midfielder was coming on but he proved decisive, keeping hold of the ball, winning challenges and allowing us to breathe.

    “He’s fundamental to us, whether he scores or not, and when he’s involved in play as he has been in these games he’s even more important.

    “I think this is one of the best squads we’ve had in recent years. We’ve got a wonderful and exciting task  ahead of us – to win even more silverware.”

    Chiellini appears even more at ease in his role as captain, a motivator and leader for the rest of the team. His ability to organise, as well as make timely interventions, has been developed over the years with constant, painstaking work day to day.

    “I think I’ve had greats to learn from, like [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Alessandro] Del Piero, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Andrea] Pirlo. Their commitment and desire to improve in every training session is the best lesson I’ve learned. Those habits stay with us and that’s something we want to impart to the players that arrive here.”

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