Monday August 22 2011
Chiellini keeps the faith

Giorgio Chiellini concedes that facing Udinese away in Week 1 is not ideal, but he's optimistic ahead of the Stadio Friuli trip.

The Old Lady will kick off their Serie A campaign next Sunday against the Bianconeri, a side who impressed onlookers with their display in the 1-0 loss at Arsenal last week.

"Obviously facing the team from Friuli right now isn't great, given that they're in good shape and in the hunt for the Champions League, but we'll give our all from the start," the defender noted.

Chiellini made the statement following last night's mixed performance in the club's 2-1 reverse at Milan in the Berlusconi Cup tie.

"When Milan are given too much space they then punish you," the Italian added. "They're a great team and they proved it with those wonderful goals they scored.

"However, the intensity displayed in the second half allowed us to get back into the game and I think that we deserved a draw.

"It's a shame, because losing is never nice, but our second half performance can give us some comfort ahead of the trip to Udine."

Kevin Prince Boateng and Clarence Seedorf scored wonder goals for Milan, while Mirko Vucinic responded for the Turin giants.

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