Wednesday June 6 2012
Chiellini: De Rossi can defend

Giorgio Chiellini says a three-man defence which includes Daniele De Rossi could work for Italy at Euro 2012.

Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli is considering the use of a 3-5-2 system, but his plans to field a Juventus trio have been scuppered by injury.

Although Chiellini is now back to full fitness alongside Juve colleague Leonardo Bonucci, Prandelli has tested Roma midfielder De Rossi in place of the sidelined Andrea Barzagli this week.

“We are ready to play with three at the back and De Rossi has demonstrated that he knows what to do,” the stopper stated on Wednesday.

“I don’t think that the Coach has definitely decided to try out a defence with three centre-backs, but that doesn’t matter.

“We are all used to playing that way for our clubs and therefore the Coach will decide on what is the best thing to do.

“De Rossi played in defence for Roma against us [Juventus] earlier in the season and he had a great game.”

Chiellini should be in the starting XI to face Spain on Sunday after recovering from a thigh strain suffered on May 13 in the 3-1 win over Atalanta.

“The injury was less serious than first thought,” he added. “I’m ready to play and I have no fear about doing so.”

The Azzurri qualified for the tournament with ease, but they have lost their last three friendly games against Uruguay, USA and Russia.

“There was a slump in results after qualification, but it is a bit much to say that we have disappeared. We’re now in Poland, the atmosphere has changed and we are finally breathing the air of Euro 2012.”