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Chiellini reflects on Inter & Juve challenges ahead of their clash

Tue 11 January 2022 | 15:19

Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini feels Inter are the favorites in the Italian Supercup Final and discusses how the Old Lady and Inter Milan responded to the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The seasoned defender thinks

Inter

are the favorites in tomorrow's clash; however, Juventus' victory over Roma on Sunday might be a pivotal episode in their season. 

"We must be balanced, a victory like the one against Roma can boost our self-confidence and adrenaline," said Chiellini.

"We must improve and work hard with humility and confidence. We know that details can make the difference.

"Inter have technical quality, they are physically strong and score many goals from set pieces."

What areas does Juventus need to work on? 

"We disconnect too often during games, there are situations that should never happen, like against Roma when we conceded one or two goals in five minutes in the second half."

Chiellini's test came back positive for COVID-19 over the holidays but managed to recover a few days ago and will be ready tomorrow.

 

"I am feeling well and I've trained well. My family and I feel ok. I've lost many Finals despite being the favourite because of some little details. I am happy to play at San Siro, a magnificent stadium, but it's a pity that not many fans will be there."

Despite scoring four goals against Roma on Sunday, Juventus has struggled to regularly hit the back of the net since Ronaldo's transfer to Man Utd in the summer. 

"Cristiano used to hide some problems that we had. He was an important player. With a top player like him, it's easier not to see problems.

"I expected a difficult season after his exit, but we are almost the same team as last season, with Locatelli and Kean and without Cristiano.

"We can reach our targets with hard work, but we should never feel inferior and not burn mental energies, which is something we were not accustomed to doing anymore. That's the most difficult thing."

Did he anticipate Inter to be the top team in Italy following the exits of

Romelu Lukaku

and

Achraf Hakimi?

"Ask [Inter defender Alessandro] Bastoni what I told him in October when they were seven points off the top of the table.

"I said that only Inter could lose the Scudetto. Milan are in the race, but to me, Inter are the most complete team in Serie A. I may be wrong, but I've always thought they were the favourite for the

Serie A

title."

On Sunday,

Federico Chiesa

suffered a knee injury against AS Roma and will miss the remainder of the season. 

Chiellini experienced a similar setback two years ago and outlined how his countrymen and teammate should deal with the next months.

"I am sorry for Federico, I know what it means because I experienced the same thing two years ago," the defender said.

"He can mature, become more man and come back stronger.

"We immediately noticed that the injury was serious. I was on the bench against Roma and I stayed closed to him like an older brother, there is nothing to say right now.

"Everything is very strange at the beginning, but the worst part is when you are close to returning to action. The body changes and you feel it so you need to adapt to it."

 


source: SportMob

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