Tuesday February 19 2019
'Atleti more Italian than Spanish'

Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini feels Atletico Madrid are ‘more Italian than Spanish’ in their approach and that Sergio Ramos is the best defender in the world.

Atleti have become renowned for their siege mentalty under Diego Simeone, and Chiellini agrees they come across as more of a Serie A side.

“I think Atletico Madrid are more Italian than Spanish,” the Juve stalwart told Marca ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg at Wanda Metropolitano.

“In terms of mentality and approach to games, they’re closer to our football.

“Simeone is ready to line up four midfielders to stop Juventus: Rodrigo, Thomas, Saul and Koke.

“I hope to return to this stadium for the Final on June 1.“

Finally, the 34-year-old was asked if he was the world’s best stopper on current form...

“No, I think it’s Sergio Ramos,” he concluded.

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