Giorgio Chiellini is one of the few old hands starting tomorrow’s Italy-France friendly. “It’ll be weird without Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo.”
Cesare Prandelli has already named his line-up for the international test at the Stadio Tardini, including Stephan El Shaarawy, Marco Verratti, Salvatore Sirigu and Antonio Candreva.
“Without Buffon and Pirlo we are losing two reference points, both for Juventus and the Nazionale,” said Chiellini.
“It’ll be weird without them, but tomorrow can be a great stage to test young talents like Sirigu, Verratti and El Shaarawy.
“We need to find a good result. We have improved a great deal, but still need that step up in quality.”
Chiellini also worked with France manager Didier Deschamps in Serie B when he helped Juventus to promotion after Calciopoli.
“Deschamps was an important Coach during my growth process and I will salute him with affection before the game.
“He put me in central defence during a rather unusual season in Serie B and I am happy he has achieved the dream of every Coach – to be in charge of his own country.”