Wednesday January 20 2021
Chiellini explains Juve teamwork

Giorgio Chiellini explains why Juventus teamwork neutralised Napoli and even his teammates are amazed by Juan Cuadrado’s ‘incredible’ recovery.

The captain lifted the Supercoppa at the Mapei Stadium after a 2-0 win over Napoli, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata goals.

“I am not tired of winning! It’s a trophy, but we also wanted to make up for Sunday’s defeat to Inter, which still hurts,” the veteran told RAI Sport.

“I think we played with great unity as a team, both defending and attacking, which isn’t easy against a side like Napoli who are very dangerous on the counter and in their quick passing. The midfield did really well to ensure hardly anything reached us in defence. They made the difference, along with Cristiano and Kulusevski, as they stopped the dangerous runs from even starting.”

This is Chiellini’s fifth Supercoppa, having won the first in 2012-13.

“We relish this victory, both those of us who won many times before and those who are having their first pieces of silverware.

“It all went well, I lifted another Cup to the sky and it has to be another step in the team’s constant improvement.”

Cuadrado was not originally in the squad due to COVID-19, but was given the all-clear just hours before kick-off, played 90 minutes and was arguably man of the match.

“We knew his first swab was negative and hoped the second would confirm it. He’s a champion, but it’s remarkable he managed to be in this shape after 15 days! The sprint he did at the 95th minute to create the second goal was just incredible.”

Ronaldo said that the Scudetto race is still open, even after the defeat to Inter, and Chiellini agrees.

“We just have to focus on ourselves, take it one game at a time and find some consistency in our results. That’s the hardest thing for a team that has changed a great deal.

“Unfortunately, our position is still inaccurate until we can play this outstanding fixture with Napoli. We hope it’ll be delayed as much as possible, because that’ll mean we have a full fixture list from continuing in every tournament!”