Giorgio Chiellini admits that a lack of European football this season will increase Juventus’ chances of playing in the Champions League next term.
While the defender admits that he’s sad to not be fighting for any European trophies this time around, it will allow his team to make a serious Scudetto push.
“It’s a shame that we are not taking part in the Champions League or the Europa League,” he stated following Juve’s seventh place finish in 2010-11.
“However, not being a part of that means that we can just concentrate on the championship and save our energy during the week.
“This could be an advantage for us as a club and also for us Juventini in the international side ahead of Euro 2012. However, we want to be back in the Cups next season!”
Juve are currently fourth in Serie A, two points behind leaders Udinese and Lazio – but with one game in hand.
“Juventus favourites for the Scudetto? It’s a bit too early to be saying things like that,” added the stopper.
“Milan are there, Napoli have been working on their project for some time, while Udinese and Lazio will fight for a Champions League place too.”
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