Friday November 1 2019
Chiellini: ACL injury a 'challenge'

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says he is treating his ACL injury as “a challenge to demonstrate what I have left in me.”

The 35-year-old has been sidelined since the first match of the season, giving summer recruit Matthijs de Ligt a quick learning curve at the Allianz Stadium.

However, Chiellini is adamant that he will come back stronger and is taking the setback on the chin.

"I take this injury as a challenge to demonstrate what I have left in me. I would like to enjoy the remaining moments of my career," he told Juventus TV.

"I have to admit that I have really enjoyed these last few years. Maybe it’s the maturity, maybe by reflecting a bit.

"The 500 matches with Juve, the captaincy for Juve, the 100 matches and the captaincy with the national team. They are historical moments."

The veteran has won everything there is to win in the Italian game, but he is still looking at new milestones to surpass in his illustrious career.

"You never get used to winning and it always gives you the energy to find new motivation for another win.

"The club is still evolving. For someone who has been here as long as I have, it's nice to see the structure of Juventus developing for the better year after year.

"The most important thing is to give all you've got, this way you won’t have any regrets. Of course, if I could, I would play a lot of games all over again but that's part of life, not only football.

"From that point of view, I don't have any regrets, I'm very satisfied by what I'm doing. I still have a few years left in me."

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