NEWS
Tuesday November 21 2017
Chiellini: ‘Scudetto first objective’

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini insists “the Scudetto must be the first goal for us” this season.

The Bianconeri have won Serie A for the past six seasons in a row, but have been beaten twice in the Champions League final.

Gianluigi Buffon, the club captain, has never won the latter competition, and with this being his final year many expect Juve to go all out for the Champions League.

“I think our goal is to be in contention for everything in March,” Chiellini told UEFA’s official website.

“We need to be in the ideal condition and above all be a real team. If we succeed then we’ll be playing for the league, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.

“The Champions League, of course, is a particular competition and it often comes down to incidents, but you need to get to the decisive stage in the best possible condition.

“Now our goal is to achieve qualification and reach the Last 16, being first or second won’t change much considering the teams in the running.

“Then we have to play for it in March and April, as well as trying to also be in the race to win a seventh Scudetto which has to be the first goal for us.

“Not because the Champions League is less important, but because it’s through the Scudetto and therefore through daily league games that we can get ready.

“If you only think of the Champions League, you risk hurting both sides."

Chiellini was also asked about his relationship with Juve, but revealed he actually grew up supporting Milan.

“My idol as a child was [Paolo] Maldini. I was a Milan fan and my brother Juve, we were divided like my mum and dad.

“He was a Juventino and she was a Milanista, so there was a bit of a rivalry in the family. But he was definitely my childhood idol.

“Juventus is a family to me now. I’ve been here for 12 years, this is my 13th season and I’ve played over 400 games.

“I recently entered the top 10 in terms of appearances for this club, so it’s part of me and I’m part of it.

“I’m part of the history of this great club and I feel fortunate to have contributed to writing it.

“To stay here for so many years you need important gifts, not just technique but above all on a human level.

“When you visit the museum and see on display the shirts and the tables that talk about so many years and lots of matches, you realise that those who have stayed here for a long time have something different from the others on a human level.

“All those who have been here even a few months realise that there’s something different. We’re here to do our job, and they put us in the best position to do so.

“At Juventus we talk about a culture of work, which is the basis for every success and handed down from generation to generation.

“It’s something that we too will leave to the lads who will continue this great history.

“The fans? I have a good relationship with them because I’ve always given everything for the shirt and they definitely appreciate that.

“Since the new stadium everything has changed on the pitch, especially in the most important games. You feel something special.”