Sat 07 January 2023 | 22:02

Federico Chiesa gives tribute to the ‘real champion’ Gianluca Vialli following Juve’s victory

Bianconeri managed yet another narrow win, in their first match since legend Vialli’s death.


legend and former captain Gianluca Vialli recently passed away at the age of 58. Many tributes have been given to him by former teammates and friends with Juve’s Fede Chiesa being the latest as he dedicates Juventus’ 1-0 victory over Udinese to the late Vialli.

Besides playing for Juventus, Vialli also represented Cremonese, Sampdoria and Chelsea during his career. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 but later in 2021 believed that he had won the battle with cancer. However, the disease returned again and this time unfortunately took his life.

Apart from the tributes that Juve gave Vialli before today, Bianconeri applauded their late captain and legend for a minute before the start of the match and then played his greatest moments at full time.


went on to dedicate this victory to him as he told DAZN:

"Our first thoughts go to Gianluca Vialli. 

"He was a wonderful person and I was so lucky to cross paths with him in my life, as he was a real champion, but above all a marvellous human being. 

"At the Euros he really was like an extra player, he was on the pitch with us. We could talk for hours about what a great man he was. The victory is for him."

Despite moving closer to Napoli at the top of the table, Allegri still believes that they are not in the title race:

"Napoli are still clearly the favourites to win the Scudetto. They have a big advantage, whereas we want to consolidate the top four. 

"We're almost halfway through the season and are doing well. As I said, raising the bar means the performances rather than the results or targets. 

"We have to take it one step at a time, focus on working and achieving the minimum objective, which is a top-four finish."

Allegri went on to comment on their performance saying:

"We were a bit too hasty at times with our crosses and passes. We knew there could be difficulties, but that the game would improve as time wore on.

"We brought home the win late on because of good fitness levels and also mental strength. 

"Technical skill is crucial, but if you don't have that desire to give that little bit extra and get there a few centimetres before your opponent, you don't win these games.”



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