“We’re back now after claiming the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia, but as a group, we still want to continue winning, playing well and writing history.”
Giorgio Chiellini’s first words upon reporting back to Vinovo for pre-season in Tuesday’s meeting with official club channel Jtv displayed no shortage of hunger or ambition to reach ever greater milestones during the upcoming 2016/17 campaign.
If the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuain, Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic, Medhi Benatia and Marko Pjaca have sparked excitement among fans, the defender added credence to the notion that this transfer window has increased enthusiasm also in what is now a very new-look dressing room.
“The club has certainly given us a big boost over the summer, revitalising a group that has already won almost everything there was to win and might have risked struggling to discover that energy again.
“In my opinion, this summer’s transfers will serve not merely to add technical skill to the team, but also to stir excitement amid the ranks.”
As the club get set to embark on a third season under Massimiliano Allegri, Chiellini stressed how the side has evolved and grown into a genuine European force under the Tuscan tactician’s stewardship, not least due to the way players are preparing for fixtures in Vinovo.
“I think that we raised our game last season, starting with the quality of our workouts, and from there our match performances subsequently improved as well.
“The chance to now play both with and against such talented players in training and in games can only help in terms of reaching that next level both individually and collectively.”