At the launch of his new book on Gaetano Scirea, “C’è un angelo bianconero” (There’s a Bianconeri Angel), Giorgio Chiellini has spoken of the lasting effect the iconic former Juve defender has had on himself and Bianconeri everywhere.
Like Chiellini is now, Scirea was a pillar of a successful Juventus side, and his death at the age of just 36 in a car crash in Poland had a profound effect on everyone who knew him.
Speaking at Turin’s Mondadori bookshop, just one of the stores throughout Italy where the book will be on sale from tomorrow, Chiellini began: “I think Scirea’s influence is strongly felt at Juve by the players around me in the current side, and I wanted to tell of the feelings and emotions that he has left behind.
“I know his values have stayed with every Bianconeri fan, and I think that what’s more he also became respected throughout Italy as a whole. The thing that links us is a passion for our roles, but he’s unparalleled and will be remembered as an angel, as I’ve written in the book.”
From Juventus past to Juventus present, Chiellini continued with some words on the current side’s progress in the run up to crunch time at the end of this season.
“We know that we’ve emerged victorious from two very important matches against opponents whose strength we were wary of. We had luck on our side but we also played well, and I think we’ve made an important step towards the Scudetto. However, there’s still a long way to go.”
Next on his thoughts was Thursday’s Europa League last 16 first leg clash with Fiorentina, and he confirmed it’s a tournament he’s keen to win.
“We have belief, and we’ll go for right until the very end. I think everyone’s dream is for us to face Napoli in the final, because two Italian sides reaching that stage would be a point of pride for everyone.”
He concluded with a word on his future, stressing his absolute commitment to the black and white stripes.
“I hope to see out my career here, I really hope so. I think both parties want to continue this journey together.”
— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) March 10, 2014
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