Saturday May 11 2013
Chiellini: 'Juve never gave in'

Juventus have been presented with the Scudetto trophy and Giorgio Chiellini insists “we never gave up, though Inter made us realise we weren’t unbeatable.”

The Bianconeri had won their first Serie A title without losing a single game, but that run of over 40 consecutive rounds was ended by a 3-1 home loss to Inter.

“It was an extraordinary cavalcade with great results and many sacrifices,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia after today’s 1-1 draw with Cagliari.

“We never gave up and in the Champions League faced off against the strongest side in Europe, Bayern Munich.

“Did we ever fear losing the title? Inter woke us up from a dream, as we thought we were unbeatable and that defeat got our feet back on the ground.

“From that point on we began again. Many thought we would lower the intensity in Serie A after progressing in the Champions League, but we maintained our concentration across both tournaments.”

Antonio Conte has been hesitant on his future this week, warning the squad needs to be improved if they are to keep on winning.

“Conte will stay with us, as we are at the peak of this new era and it’s wonderful to grow together,” assured Chiellini.

“He is the main architect of this success and we all want to continue with him. I hope we have Simone Pepe back with us at full fitness next season, as we really missed him and he suffered being in the stands.”

Juventus won’t be able to beat Fabio Capello’s 2005-06 record of 91 points, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cagliari today.

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