Giorgio Chiellini admits Milan’s defeat to Verona was “surprising” and expects Lazio will want revenge for their Super Cup hammering.
The campaign kicked off at the weekend and Juventus are on top of the table after their 1-0 win away to Sampdoria.
“Milan’s result was a little surprising, even if I had predicted some difficulties, because it always is tough against a newly-promoted side,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia.
“I thought they would struggle, but would never have imagined a defeat. I am happy for Luca Toni, as I didn’t expect him to still be playing at that level.”
Juve’s next match is against Lazio, who were destroyed 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in the Italian Super Cup just over a week ago.
“In all honesty, I would’ve preferred to wait more before meeting Lazio again. So few days have gone by since the Super Cup and nobody thinks the 4-0 represents a realistic gap between the teams. We did well to make the most of the opportunities, but it will be a very difficult game.
“Plus Lazio will bring out something more to take revenge for the result, so we will have to be extremely careful. We want to continue winning in Serie A.”
The Bianconeri are also waiting for the Champions League draw and Chiellini knows which name he doesn’t want to pick.
“If I had to name a club to avoid, I’d say it was better to face Bayern Munich later in the competition.”