Zambrotta: “I didn’t expect such an impact from Chiesa”

Sun 14 March 2021 | 15:51

The former full-back believes Federico Bernadeschi has the ability to shine as a left-back and reveals that Federico Chiesa’s impact was so unexpected to him.

Gianluca Zambrotta

started his career as an attacking winger but then moved to the left-back position under the reign of Marcello Lippi at



When Mauro Camoranesi arrived, I understood it would have been tough for me. That’s why I followed Lippi’s ideas,

” Zambrotta told



“It was not too difficult to defend, but I am right-footed, and the most challenging thing was to improve with my left-foot.

“At the end of each training session, I remained on the pitch to practice for 30 minutes.”

When the 2006 Italy World Cup winner was asked whether

Federico Bernadeschi

can do the same, he responded:

“If he believes in that, he has everything to become a great left-back.

“As Pirlo said, he has technique and power, and he can use his qualities starting from the back. I liked him against Spezia and Lazio,” the former Milan and Barcelona defender added.

The 44-year-old was also quizzed about

Federico Cheisa

’s impressive display and how it came as a surprise to him.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect such an impact. He has great personality. He is strong in one vs. one situations, he scored many goals. I am convinced he can still improve.”

About the speculations regarding

Cristiano Ronaldo

leaving Juventus, he added:

“I've heard a lot of criticism, sometimes exaggerated, but it’s normal. The biggest champions receive praise but are also the most criticised when things do not go well.

“I think it’s fair to let him stay at Juve and try to win the Champions League next season. It will be difficult to replace him in 2022, imagine if he leaves earlier.”

source: SportMob