Thursday February 23 2012
Chiellini: Pirlo has rejuvenated us

Andrea Pirlo is one of the main reasons behind Juventus’ surprise Scudetto bid, says Giorgio Chiellini.

The Old Lady are currently second in Serie A – one point behind leaders Milan even if the Bianconeri have a game in hand.

“Pirlo has been decisive,” the stopper told the Corriere dello Sport. “He’s allowed players around him to grow by being at their service.

“However, before being the exceptional champion that he is, it must be noted that he is an excellent person.”

Juve have finished the last two Serie A campaigns in seventh, but they could take a big step towards the Scudetto with a win at Milan on Saturday evening.

“No one would have imagined that we would be fighting for the championship this term, not even the most optimistic forecasts,” the Italian international added. “We’ve exceeded expectations.

“Will the game against Milan be decisive? No, it will be beautiful and important, but whatever the result is the distance between the two sides would still be recoverable.”