Sunday July 1 2012
Chiellini: 'We were shattered'

Giorgio Chiellini reveals he suffered the third different thigh strain of the last six weeks. “There was no time to recover.”

The defender limped off in the opening minutes of the 4-0 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2012 Final.

“There is certainly bitterness at the way the match went. We were tired beforehand, as shown by my injury and that of Thiago Motta, as it’s not easy to recover in two days from an intense game like the one against Germany,” Chiellini told Rai Sport.

“Spain absolutely deserved to win, but it’s a shame we were unable to play the way we did in the group game.

“In any case, nobody can doubt the effort we put in, as we have worked so hard and should still be proud of this tournament. It represents a starting point for our future, when we will aim to win.”

Chiellini looked tired and off the pace during the opening goal, when Cesc Fabregas burst past him to set up David Silva, and went off injured soon after.

It is his third thigh strain over the last six weeks, as Chiellini was also injured before the competition and in the Republic of Ireland game.

“The fatigue of Thursday that led to the thigh strain – which is in a different place to the one against Ireland – showed my muscles just weren’t able to recover.

“For many of us, this was the most important game of our careers. We really thought we could win this trophy and make the dream come true, but we have to admit Spain deserved the victory.”

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