Thursday January 17 2013
Chiellini-less Juve still potent

Giorgio Chiellini insists that Juventus’ recent struggles in Serie A have nothing to do with his absence.

The Old Lady have started 2013 with just one point from two games after a 2-1 home defeat to 10-man Sampdoria and a 1-1 draw at Parma.

The goals conceded in both games originated from the area of the pitch which the Italian usually occupies.

“An individual can’t change the balance of a side,” the stopper stated on Thursday. “I have great faith in my teammates. I’m counting on us getting back up on Saturday against Udinese.

“We’ve been unlucky in a few incidents and we’ve lost a few important points, but we did last year in this period too.

“My rehabilitation is going well and according to schedule,” said the man who picked up a thigh strain in December. “I hope to return as soon as possible, although I’ll still be out for another month or so.”

The Scudetto and the Champions League are the Bianconeri’s top targets this term, but so too is the Italian Cup.

“It is an important objective like the others,” the former Fiorentina player added.

“We’d like to win the Coppa Italia for the tenth time, also because we have still not digested that Final defeat to Napoli last season.”

Juventus will face Lazio in the semi-finals.

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