Giorgio Chiellini

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    Arbitrium Taking a year off

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    His interview tonight was absolutely brilliant. Speaks about Astori with such emotion, and when the reporter noticed Chiellini’s pain, he tries to end the interview and Chiellini Keeps speaking very professionally. It’s one of the best post match interviews I’ve seen, no gimmicks, no PR blandness, just the truth and emotion.

    He’s been such a stalwart in that defence and his performance tonight was one of the best of any defender this season.

    Where does he rank among the modern top defenders?
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    izec Full Member

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    Pure defending ability top 3 in the last 10 years. Guy is celebrating every tackle, block and save like a goal. Love that he loves defending so much.

    Hard to put him into a certain place, there were so many good defenders over the years, but Chiellini is up there for me. Deserves a CL win.

    He is getting old though, you could see it tonight and last game in periods that he isnt the youngest anymore
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    Yep, great interview. Because Serie A has been in a bit of a dip in recent times, I've forgotten about Italian football a bit. I grew up with James Richardson and the beauty of live Italian football being brought to our front rooms. It was the standard bearer for so long and I used to love the way they played, the passion, the role it seemed to play in the life of the country. I used to think they were men compared to the guys I watched in England. Proper, grown up, well rounded men. Chiellini is one of them. Like him or loathe him, he'll go down as one of the greats. What an insight that interview is into the mentality of a winner. Played off the park by Spurs for large parts of this tie, you believe him when he talks about the belief they had. He was magic tonight. How much must the Juve fans love this guy.
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    dogwithabone Full Member

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    For sheer defensive brutality and desire him and Godin are and have been the best two in Europe for a number of years now. Both cast in granite.

    Cellini is so old school and so single minded in his approach. A genuinely great defender.
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    sullydnl Ross Kemp's caf ID

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    He's awesome.
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    Kag Full Member

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    There's something shockingly cheap and journalistically unnecessary about throwing in that Astori question to end the interview.
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    Peyroteo Professional Ronaldo PR Guy

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    It's a shame this italian backline isn't going to be at the World Cup.

    Chiellini's one of the best CBs of this generation and that interview was class as expected. He's 33 which probably means he'll still be around for a few good years.
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    Aboutreika18 Full Member

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    I've heard everyone say he's old school but he's also excellent at bringing the ball out of defence and a good passer/crosser.

    He's a bit more than just a no-nonsense defender.
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    Class
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    One of the old stereotypes of Italian defenders is being good on the ball.
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    Theonas Full Member Scout

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    When it comes to old school war horses in the mold of Vidic, Godin and Terry, he is easily as good as any of them. On top of that, he is better than them with his feet, albeit not as good as the likes of Piqué, Ramos or Hummels or even Rio.
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    Theonas Full Member Scout

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    True indeed, which is why they would probably have 5 or 6 of the top 10 defenders in any given era.
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    Brilliant player. Hope he gets a CL medal before he retires.
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    One of top 5 defenders in the world. Also a lovable guy and very smart. Impossible to dislike or not appreciate him as a footballer or a person.
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    Yeah, he looks very clumsy with the ball at times but he sometimes still plays like the 22 year old wing back who arrived at Juve. His crossing and willingness to run with the ball has always been his strengths - ball control less so for a full back but good for a CB.
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    bebeanderson Banned

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    Great defender, he's a like a glimpse of what the 90s was like. Negro, Montero, Maldini, Tassotti were defenders but also fecking DADS. Fathers of fecking 4,. Testosterone and shit.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    Brwned Have you ever been in love before?

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    I thought the same but you can tell he feels awful about saying it once he sees Chiellini's raw reaction, when he tries to end the interview. It did end up touching on something very real. So maybe he was being genuinely compassionate but just clumsy? It is a difficult thing to talk about in any circumstance...
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    Arbitrium Taking a year off

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    Yeah that’s kinda what I took from it.
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    Smithy_123 New Member

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    Loved his passion. Him and Buffon could change the whole mentaliy of a team. Arsenal are in desperate need of that, but we could use it too.
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    Yeah, I was thinking the same. I wonder how Astori’s family would feel though. Perhaps it would be rather nice hearing glowing words (spoken publicly) about Davide from Chiellini. Though yes, I doubt the journos motives were so altruistic.

    I did think the interview was rather nice though. Classy from Chiellini and the journo actually managed to remain relatively dignified too.
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    Oscar.Z.Acosta Full Member

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    I think there’s an implication of a definitive positive correlation between impregnating a woman 4 times successfully and being a good, hard defender. Interesting theory.

    Worked for Giggs, I suppose (apologies - too soon?)...
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    :lol::lol: thread took a strange turn.
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    He is so good that even Suarez wanted a piece.
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    Infordin Full Member

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    If my team was a man down, and had to defend a lead for the last 20 minutes, there isn’t another defender in the world I would rather want on my team.

    Godin is a close second.
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    manunited1919 Full Member

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    Beast.
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    cheeky_backheel Full Member

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    They dont make them like him anymore!
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    sglowrider Against Oral Equality

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    Interesting that his English is pretty good. Preparing for a move to the EPL? Arsenal could do with him today.
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    Chiellini has been one of the best CBs in the world for some time, a rock. People claiming our CBs are good enough should take a look at this guy, bar Bailly who has potential to be world class, none of them is in the same league as Chiellini.
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    He was excellent, Chiellini and Buffon are so full of emotions, it's like watching some movie. The way they scream at each other for a clearance, for a tackle it's just great watching them.
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    That moment where they bumped heads was absolutely brilliant. They're like an opera on the pitch.
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    Kapardin Full Member

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    To be fair, no modern CB is on the same level as Chiellini, so that's setting the bar too high. Can hope for Bailly to become a top CB, but even he wouldn't be able to get to this level.
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    GE Negative Moaning Mentalist

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    One of the greats, that’s for sure.
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    He was all over the place until Juve took the lead and wasn't exactly great in the first leg either.

    He looked great once Juve could put everyone behind the ball and defended for their lives.
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    KirkDuyt Full Member

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    This.

    He's a great defender and a fine orator, but he was absolutely gash these 2 legs.
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    Javi Full Member

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    Chiellini is an educated guy. Recently graduated from University of Turin. Plus English is pretty much to 'go-to' language with foreign players all over Europe.
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    The narrative was written when he and Buffon screamed in each others faces after successfully defending a cross.

    I think what we saw from Juve over these two legs is that they are a very capable side when they can play their own game i.e. sat deep and looking to score on the break or from set pieces. When they have to come out and play they look pretty terrible, including Chiellini.

    He would be great for a Mourinho side mind.
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    Trizy Full Member

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    My favorite CB since Vidic. Literally body on the line defender.

    Played excellent last night. Love when he smashed Ali too.
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    Parma Dewol Full Member

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    I hear he was gutted when the fourth official added only three minutes. Man just loves defending, what a warrior.