Thursday September 5 2013
Chiellini wary of Bulgaria threat

Giorgio Chiellini has warned his Italy teammates not to underestimate the threat posed by Bulgaria tomorrow.

The Azzurri face the Eastern Europeans in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Palermo, and the Juventus defender has claimed that his side are focused on making the tournament in Brazil, and has insisted that club loyalties will not get in the way.

“Italy are not guided by a Juve block,” he told reporters. “They are too many players from different clubs for that to happen.

“There are a lot of players from Milan, for example. What we do at club level gives us confidence at international level, certainly.

“But we are a very united group. Everything goes beyond the individual clubs.

“We have not qualified yet, so we cannot underestimate Bulgaria. They are an excellent side.

“We want to achieve our goal as soon as possible, so we have to concentrate on playing as well as possible in Palermo.”