Tuesday December 18 2012
Chiellini was a Milan fan

Giorgio Chiellini says he now feels 100 per cent Juventus after admitting to supporting Milan as a youngster.

The stopper was a Diavolo fan as a boy, but that all changed when he joined Juventus in 2005 and helped them get back into the top flight after Calciopoli demotion.

“I’ve got no problem admitting it, as a youngster I supported Milan,” he told a Juventus Premium Member video chat.

“But when I came here I fell in love with this shirt and the feeling grew over the course of time.

“Following our return to the top and everything that’s happened, you can’t help but feel a sense of belonging to the shirt, city and fans.”

Juventus returned to winning ways last term with the Scudetto and Chiellini thinks the new stadium played a part in that success.

“What we accomplished last year, winning the Scudetto unbeaten, was an exceptional achievement which nobody will ever be able to follow up, only equal at the very most,” he added.

“The inauguration of Juventus Stadium was a strange evening. We were coming off the back of two disappointing seasons, but something magical began that day and you could feel it in the air.

“We saw the entire history of Juventus, the club’s past, and inside our heads we started to dream about the future – and then we managed to achieve it.”

Chiellini is now a key figure in Antonio Conte’s three-man defence alongside Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci.

“Over the last year Leonardo, Andrea and I have managed to create a unique unit,” he continued.

“We know each other well, play off by heart and the more you work with someone the more you discover their strengths and weaknesses.

“Individually speaking, there are better defenders than us around, but I doubt that they could do better if they were placed in our defence.

“And then we have Gigi Buffon behind us. Many of his saves seem straightforward, but that’s only because he makes them appear as such.”

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