Buffon: I hope Chiellini leave Juventus with Coppa Italia trophy
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon hopes that Giorgio Chiellini end his Bianconeri career by winning the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday.
will face Inter in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday night at the Stadio Olimpico.
"Chiello was my rock,"
told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport
"He was, and still is, a friend I shared a good chunk of my life with. Far more than a player or simply a team-mate. We understood each other perfectly, we were aware of our strengths and limitations.
"Chiello is so demanding with himself and others, he is an example of where intelligence, hard work, dedication, and passion can let you reach unthinkable heights.
"He will admit, he was not the most technically gifted player, but I cannot think of a better defender over the last 10 years.
"I hope he can leave Juve the way I did by lifting the Coppa Italia trophy."
The former Juventus player Andrea Barzagli believes bianconeri will missChiellini'
s influence in the future.
"Even off the pitch, Chiellini gives a sense of belonging to Juve.
"Looking at him, you understand what winning teams are made of; you need to be a great person before being a great player. He is one of the greatest defenders in the history of the club.
"He is a complete defender. If this is the end for him at Juve, then the team will miss his leadership."
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