Saturday March 2 2013
Raging Chiellini

The symbol of this Napoli-Juventus Scudetto showdown was Giorgio Chiellini, as Susy Campanale says he’s the man you want on your side during a battle.

So that was the Scudetto crossroads. Everyone survived without getting run over, although some ended up more bruised and battered than others. The gap at the top of the table is still six points, with Juventus technically able to count on a seven-point cushion thanks to a superior head-to-head record. Walter Mazzarri is still blind to Napoli’s faults and insisting everything will continue to go smoothly even if Edinson Cavani does not find the net. The papers are still full of controversy over refereeing decisions. Plus ca change...

It was certainly a battle at the San Paolo last night, of that there can be no doubt. Just ask Giorgio Chiellini and Cavani, who engaged in wrestling matches at every set piece that would make Celtic fans implode with indignant rage. Think Stephan Lichtsteiner shoving you with his chest is bad? Try hair-pulling and an elbow to the face. It’s remarkable that elbow from Cavani was spotted by the goal line assistant, yet only warranted a yellow card. It was about as blatant an elbow to the face as you can get. The slow-motion replays were stunning, as Chiello’s jowls were reshuffled into a new shape, looking more than ever like Robert De Niro in Raging Bull. For a man who has fractured his nose five times, I guess he’s mainly glad the elbow caught him on the cheek.

Some argue that if Chiellini’s spot of cat-fight cruelty had been seen just before that, he too would’ve risked a straight red or at least giving away a penalty. Maybe he was just jealous of Edi’s luxuriant locks... It was therefore a great relief to see the pair embrace at the final whistle and exchange shirts. At last, no brawl or recriminations after the game, especially from Chiellini who had every right to complain to the media. Instead, he simply shrugged and said he gave as good as he got. He’s an old-style warrior and one Juventus have really missed over the last three months.

People under-estimate how much Chiellini brings to the Bianconeri. He is not only a great defender with timing and vision, plus their strongest player in the air on set plays. The celebration after his goal, beating his chest with both fists like King Kong, showed the passion and determination he exudes. That’s the Juventus spirit that took this team to the title. Pretty football is all well and good, but sometimes you need to scrap for a point, and in a fight you really want Chiellini on your side.

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Have your say...
come on guys @anonymous really2 want juve players at his team.. especially chiellini. every team want chiellini
on the 25th March, 2013 at 8:07am
I agree dominator, juvefanatico contradicts himself and contributes nothing meaningful.
on the 7th March, 2013 at 8:00pm
There is nothing to stop Juve to the finals and lifting the EUFA. Go Juve, go Juve! I'm a Zambian Juve FC fanatic who wears Juve Band on my left arm since 1989. I was 8 years then.There is nothing on the way to success. I reflect on the last Serie A season. Buffon, Bonucci, Pirlo, Marchisio, Matri ... name the team, they are unstoppable!
on the 7th March, 2013 at 6:06pm
My Idolo
on the 7th March, 2013 at 5:40pm
Chiellini is a good defender, although i am not sure if he is the best in the world at the moment.

There seem to be some really immature stupid people on here. Juveidiotico, you attck Boss for making stupid comments, tbh i haven't really seen you contribute anything decent to this blog or any others, you sound a bit lonely
on the 5th March, 2013 at 2:45pm
firstly juventus shouldnt be relying on playing against ten men to win .cavani should of been sent off but juve should of had the game won by the time he elbowed Chiellini again vucinec fouls to score big goals in big games personally i would sell him hes to lazy for me i would rather play with matri than him matri gio or anelka.ANONYMOUS clearly a roma or inter fan lol lol lol
on the 4th March, 2013 at 8:11pm
chiellini and barzagli are the two best defenders in italy at the moment . chiellini hits players so hard that sometimes refs think its a foul only to to figure out that it was all ball and a great tackle . juventus and italy need giorgio chiellini if they plan on winning anything . the games he missed proves this . any team would want chiellini on it . madrid have already asked , but sorry folks i know he bleeds black and white .
on the 4th March, 2013 at 8:02pm
@ anonymous

are you an idiot or a marble ? first of all chiellini and barzagli are two of the best defenders in the world . chiellini is the best defender in my opinion . the only guy who is suspect at the back is bonucci . anyway maybe you are just a sad little crapoli fan so just take your draw and like it . heyyyy victor actually does not have something bad to say about juve . well said vic , you were only wrong about inter being a good team lol.
on the 4th March, 2013 at 7:51pm
@Anonymous Chiellini a cheat? Haha, you must really hate Juve. Prior to the hair-pulling, Cavani kneed Giorgio in the stomach. So by your reasoning - Cavani is a cheat? Stop being a baby. Cavani shouldn't knee Giorgio, Giorgio shouldn't pull Cavani's hair and Cavani really shouldn't elbow Giorgio in the face. The real issue is the referee who only awarded a yellow card for clear cut violent conduct. Disgrace.
on the 4th March, 2013 at 3:43pm
Cavani not seeing red is a disgrace for Italian refereeing.... With a red card, Juve would have easily won and Cavani would have been suspended for at least 2 games.But again we are JUVE, after the match was over CHIELLINI said Cavani is a champion and swapped shirts with him!! No other team is classy enough to repeat this gesture! Fino Alla fine Forza Juventus
on the 4th March, 2013 at 7:13am
Chiellini is cheat. he gets away with his anti footbal play because he plays for a team that pathetically is allowed to get away with cheating. How can a player who holds, grab, pulls his opponent at every opportunity be described anything but a cheat. On top of this he doesnt hesitate to kick and elbow opponents yet whn he's touched he goes down like his been mortally wounded. A pathetic player who plays for a pathetic team
on the 4th March, 2013 at 6:51am
Buona sera to all Juve Fans!!!!

The proof is in the pudding. Dont waste your wonderful energy on people that only breed ignorance and lack education about Soccer.
The ZEBRAS are back and getting stronger everyday now. Its wonderful to see this great club back on the big stage.


Forza Juve
on the 4th March, 2013 at 5:18am
You are to easy to insult, you bring up children's books in a football blog!! Are you for real? How old are you? Not to mention the overused term "Contradiction" as though you know the meaning of a contradiction. The simple fact remains the more you write on this blog the more we all can see how immature you are & your attempts to insult people & belittle other clubs on these blogs only slightly disguises your lack of knowledge about this sport.
I just hope i'm not insulting a 3rd grader
on the 4th March, 2013 at 2:21am
Chiellini, along with Buffon, are the heartbeat of The Bianconeri, and will be for at least a couple more years. Replacing these two, and the massively underrated Andrea Barzagli won't be easy. It will be interesting to see how Leali and Masi develop and I feel Marrone has all the qualities to play at the centre of a three man defence, more so than central midfield. Having Chiellini back for the run-in is a massive boost, because anything is still possible with our first choice defence.
on the 4th March, 2013 at 12:59am
viktor loves to blog on juventus hes a secret juve fan aint you vik.i cant wait for another milan blog and read all of viktors blogs with an a extreme biased opinion on how great they are and how great they used to be at the turn of the 19 th century as i said before until the rest of serie A follows juventus example with a new stadium you will always be playing catch up as for cavani if that had been matri or vucinec everyone would be saying juventus bribed the ref cavani should of been sent of
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 7:44pm

you play celtic we play barca, Nuff said.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 6:38pm

Do you actually watch football or your just a lonely person who finally found a way in interacting with people through meaningless comments on a blog.

Second of all, I SENSE your having trouble reading. I dont love Juve.. Im acm fan to the bone. Been with acm before your birth. I never reply nor post something on football Italy in order to create controversy or upset people. Sadly, noone can say that about you. It must be dreadful being you.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 6:37pm
Sure, I've seen both Cannavaro and Maldini kicking his men's balls. How does that count?
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 4:27pm
Viktoria, I sense a bitterness in the tone of your message. You must be juvefanatico's pet troll that he seems infatuated with. Exactly what input have u had in this blog other then to point out u love juve? Ur blogs r boring which I'm sure is a reflection upon your personality.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 3:22pm
Juvefanatico, was that pathetic response your comeback? A troll? U need to lay off those Harry potter movies. It's just as well i take great pleasure in pointing out ur stupid contradictions.

I know how much u love juve though and how passionate u r, if only you were able to be a martyr and take tht elbow on behalf of chiellini, I would have happily patted u on the back for that
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 3:18pm
Mustuffa, terry is highly regarded as a rock on the pitch by many. Off the pitch i can't stand him, but on the pitch he lifts his team u can sense it. I was saying that is what chiellini does for juve. The only classy defender of the last 3 or 4 years. I assume u have posters of chiellini over ur bedroom wall, stop brown nosing him. Hav u never heard of Vedic, Ferdinand, terry, silva, kompany, maicon, pepe. Watch some football outside of Italy it might help u before making stupid statements
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 3:12pm
Yet another rubbish article to add to the tons of inane articles from Susy Campanale.... Why not write about how Cavani's yellow, instead of his deserved red, would impact the Serie A race this season ?? And does Susy really think that Juventus have missed passion ?? Without passion, do you think Juventus are top of Serie A and have 1 foot in the door to the QFs of the Champions League ?? Please grow up Susy....
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 9:14am
i love him.... he is such a worrier. keep it up Chiellini we all love you alot
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 6:22am
@ the anonymous above my 1st post,

watch the video which was seconds before the hair pulling,
I would like to see how you would react when someone gives you a knee to the balls.

Cannavaro? Maldini? well this is Chiellini no need for comparisons.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 1:52am
I don't understand people that justify Chiellini because it was supposedly just a small game provocation but we saw the grabbing, hairpulling and other cheap tactics (never saw maldini or cannavaro using that!) so the one who we shall all jump on and accused as an abuser is Cavani?
Well give me a break! if someone comes doing those dirty tricks don't expect flowers back you hipocrits!
You are getting an elbow to your face.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 1:21am
Chiellini did not pull Cavani's hair out of the blue,

watch this video..

Cavani should've gotten a red card on 2 occasions.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 1:04am
World's best centre-back vs one of the world's best centre-forwards. Hopefully, they'll be up against oneanother again next season. But I have a feeling Cavani will be on his way.
on the 3rd March, 2013 at 12:28am
boss didnt imply that chiellini reminded him of terry on a personality level it was meant as a footballing level so the racism should not of been brought up as terry is regarded as a rock by the English media at least.personally i think terry is rubbish and Ive seen milk turn quicker than him
on the 2nd March, 2013 at 11:03pm
chiellini always has a mistake in him barzagli is more consistent and more comfortable on the ball. chiellini never looks comfortable on the ball and he always looks rushed to me.juve problems as per usual are up front almost all the games juventus have dropped points in should have been over by half time due to missed chances.i think the comment about john terry is on a football term as in being able to play the game at a decent level i dont see how the racism is brought up.
on the 2nd March, 2013 at 11:01pm
@Pado Oh no, people hiding behind the name anonymous instead of a fake first name list steven. ahahahah im so mad at anonymous people on the internets. what me grow balls as i change my name to chrism or kyle. look how big my balls are ahahahaha. Tutti Ladri
on the 2nd March, 2013 at 10:45pm

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