Chiellini: Let’s avoid the mistakes of the past

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini spoke in the pre-game press conference, ahead of his team’s game against Porto.

“We are coming from a positive period, the match on Saturday does not disturb us.”

“I think we must have great balance, calm, and distinguish the two competitions.”

“In the league there are 16 games missing plus the Napoli game and we are still fighting.”

Now a great goal begins, the Champions League, the knockout rounds: we get there with great enthusiasm, desire to do well, aware of the difficulties experienced in the last years.”

Porto?

“They defend very well, in the last few games they have struggled but still concede few goals.”

“In these matches it is important to score away from home.”

“They have quality on the wings, they are a physical team, dangerous in the counterattack: we will try to play well without hitting their wall and avoiding their counters.”

“Since the draw came out, I have clearly started watching them more.”

“I have known them from past years: they have excellent strikers who know how to play well together, they are dangerous in spaces so we will have to limit them.”

“What matters is that we don’t repeat the same mistakes we made the last 2 years against Atletico and Lyon.”

Ronaldo?

“Cristiano is special, he’s an added value for the team, I’m lucky to be able to train and live with him everyday, to grasp those secrets that helped him become the champion he is.”

“The game will be played in Portugal, his home, so I’m sure he will have extra motivation.”

Juve’s defenders?

“We are four central defenders and I was talking to some friends and if you think about it, we are in the top 20, 15 defenders of the world.”

“We are all strong but with different characteristics.”

“Two of the four will go to the bench, but that’s the coach’s problem.”

“We respect the decisions and put the group first, we all play and there’s a great feeling between the four of us.”

Playing with De Ligt?

“Depending on the partner, something always changes, it allows you to steal game times and in the automatisms to improve those small times, seconds.”

“Now with De Ligt, even if we have not played together, we have been training for a year. And I know him much better than a year and a half ago, but Leo? I know him better than my wife.”

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