Chiellini: This season is no less motivating then any other for Juventus

Giorgio Chiellini did an interview with Undici and called winning “a drug” for Juventus and fears “the art of defending” has been lost in Italy, but insists he was “always fair.”

“This season is no less motivating than any other, because for years Juventus have been racing only against ourselves.”

“I can’t choose between our victories, as they are all wonderful, and it’s not true that in the end it becomes boring. Winning is like a drug. It’s something you need, because if you feel that emotion once, you do everything to experience it again.”

He is known as a rather rugged defender who relishes breaking up the opposition play.

“You have to disturb the movements of the opposition strikers and prevent them, doing things that make them short-circuit. I have always been like that and I think that’s how you ought to go into these grand duels. I’m certainly not a pleasant player to face on the field, but I’m always fair. Nowadays I am less impulsive, as I can reflect on my actions better. When I was 22 years old, every game was a battle, even a war, because at that age I could just let out all my tension and adrenaline. Even then, I wasn’t nasty, but I was a pain to play against. Now I’ve become accustomed to it, but back then you don’t know where to direct your energy and tension.”

Chiellini has been critical of Pep Guardiola’s approach to football and explained his theory in greater detail.

“I believe the advent of Guardiola’s style of football has changed the nature of something we in Italy did so well for many years, which is the art of defending.”

“There is a remarkable generational gap in defenders and that’s what caused it. Now lads who arrive in Serie A know how to spread the play and pass the ball, they can make a pin-point pass 40 metres away, but they haven’t the slightest idea how to man-mark or take players on on-on-one.”

“Becoming a Coach? When I do hang up my boots, I want to remain in football, but with a career more behind a desk than as a Coach.”

Dybala, Rugani and Bernardeschi will start

Max Allegri spoke ahead of tomorrow’s Coppa Italia clash with Genoa in Torino and gave some potential hints to his starting XI.

“These are two difficult recoveries, both for De Sciglio and Mandzukic,” Allegri said.

“Mandzukic has had 13 stitches and De Sciglio has a problem with his flexor, and we’ll evaluate him in the coming days.

“It’s difficult for him to be available against Roma though.

“As for tomorrow, Dybala, [Daniele] Rugani and [Federico] Bernardeschi will play.

“[Claudio] Marchisio is another player who could be part of the game tomorrow. Tomorrow is a game, an important objective, because it’s a competition which is worth as much as the league and the Champions League.

“It’s a competition Juventus compete in, which the lads have won for the past three years so we need to try and go as far as possible, create the conditions to reach the final.

“If we go through it will give us an important boost to face Roma on Saturday, these are four very important days between tomorrow and Saturday with Roma.”

Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco gave high praise to Allegri and his European accomplishments.

“Di Francesco absolutely does not need my compliments, because he did really well with Sassuolo and now he’s doing really well with Roma.

“Roma is a complicated, difficult environment but he knows it because he played there. It’s a well put together squad with important players, and above all he’s been good at giving them balance, which means Roma give up very few scoring chances.

“As I said in the Press conference last week, the Roma goalkeeper doesn’t make many saves, he hasn’t made very many saves in these league games and, if I’m not mistaken, they’ve won 1-0 five or six times?

“So it will be a nice game, but we’ll think about it from Thursday, and I think we’d do better to face it with qualification in our pocket.”

Allegri discusses Paulo Dybala

Max Allegri outlined what he believed is a normal season for Paulo Dybala.

“First of all, the Coppa Italia is a very important competition,” the coach said at the start of his Press conference.

“It’s not like in two days he’s recovered his condition, he’s worked hard and on Sunday he came on and did well.

“But tomorrow is a game to be played like all the others, a game to win, and maybe it’ll be a game which will unlock him, to get back among the goals.

“The goal shouldn’t be a problem, I repeat: Dybala is a player capable of 15-20 goals in the league, when he gets 20 then he’ll have done a lot.

“And his characteristics go beyond that, Dybala is a player who must provide assists and score goals because he’s not just a poacher, that’s what Paulo should not do.

“Like the others Paulo is an intelligent player who knows that tomorrow is an important game for him and for Juventus.

“We’ve had a different system of play [4-3-3] in the last few games and I pulled him out, it’s very simple. If Paulo plays, we need to exploit the characteristics he has.

“In this system, the role he can play is as a centre-forward.

“That’s another thing I have to decide, whether to play Higuain in tandem with Dybala or play Dybala as a centre-forward.

“No-one is under examination tomorrow, because I see them on the pitch every day. They’ve trained well, so tomorrow is an important test for them, but also for all of us.

“We’ll have the chance to make changes on the bench but, aside from two or three, these players have more or less always played.

“[Stephan] Lichtsteiner has played a lot of games, [Daniele] Rugani has played a lot of games, [Andrea] Barzagli and [Giorgio] Chiellini have always played.

“[Kwadwo] Asamoah has played, [Rodrigo] Bentancur has had his games, Marchisio has played his games.

“Then if Dybala, [Federico] Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa play they’re players who have always played, so there’s no problem.”

Marko Pjaca returned to the squad this week, will he play a part tomorrow?

“In my opinion Pjaca could do well as a centre-forward, maybe playing as a pair with another striker, because he’s a player who has speed, technique and movement; and someone who attacks the space well.

“As far as tomorrow is concerned, our goal is to go through and whether Pjaca or someone else plays is all relative.

“The important thing is for Juventus to play a good game tomorrow.

“To the team I’ll simply say – well, I’ve already said it but I’ll repeat it tomorrow – that the Coppa Italia is one of our objectives and we have to go onto the pitch to win.

“Against Roma on Saturday we’ll have the right motivation, we’re all ready to play a great game, but tomorrow is a game where there’s a slight risk of dropping off.

“That cannot happen, because Juventus must play to win tomorrow and to reach the next round. There are absolutely no excuses or alibis of any kind.

“Talking about Roma now is pointless, we have a difficult game tomorrow which we have to tackle in the best way.

“Fortunately, from what I’m told, the stadium will be almost full and that will give us a major boost to tackle what is, I repeat, a possible elimination tomorrow.

“If we are eliminated tomorrow we’d face Roma in a different mood, because we’d be out of a competition which Juventus must play to win.

“It’s very simple, tomorrow we have to go through with our performance.”

FIFA 18 launch new Juventus kit

Juventus have launched a special digital fourth kit, only available on video game FIFA 18.

The Bianconeri join Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid in launching special kits which are only available in FIFA 18’s Ultimate Team.

The Juve version features a black shirt, with the club’s new badge superimposed on the shirts.

Andrea Agnelli ban lifted

The FIGC’s prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro has stated that lifted Agnelli’s one year ban has set “an ugly precedent.”

As opposed to a ban, Agnelli will be fined €100,000, Juventus having a Curva closure for the match against Genoa in January and a fine of €600,000

“This sentence is an ugly precedent,” Giuseppe Pecoraro said toANSA.

“There was a desire to monetise the sanctions.”

Lifetime contract for Dybala

Juventus will offer Dybala a lifetime contract in the next few weeks.

Beppe Marotta: “Dybala asked us to lock him down at Juventus”

Beppe Marotta spoke with La Stampa about Dybala staying ‘at Juventus for life.’

“The lad is priceless, because we are not a selling club. I always repeat that a player has his future in his hands and Paulo just said he wants to tie himself to our club for life.”

“Translated, that means we will make another big financial sacrifice to keep him. We will soon lock him down to a new contract – it’s what he asked us for.”