Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is urging his team-mates to
carry the momentum from a memorable victory over Chelsea into
Sunday night’s trip to the San Siro.
The Bianconeri are on the verge of clinching a place in the last
16 of the Champions League after cruising to a 3-0 win over
European champions Chelsea this week.
The game took a lot out of Juve vice captain Chiellini, though,
and the 28-year-old is facing a race against time to be fit to face
struggling AC Milan.
He told Gazzetta.it: “The match against the English was the most
important game of the season so far.
“We knew we could not afford to go wrong and we played a great
“The downside of a win like that is that you can only enjoy it
for one night, because then you have to start thinking about the
next game, especially when that game is against AC Milan.
“We have to use the experience of the Chelsea game in the right
way because it would be a serious mistake to relax now. That’s
something you can never afford to do against Milan.
“It will be an extremely intense game, between two highly
motivated sides that want to win. I’m struggling a bit but it’s
only fatigue. Without taking too many risks, I will do everything I
can to be there.”
The Italy international has identified the Azzurri’s latest
star, Stephan El Shaarawy, as the man he will be marking should he
play tomorrow night.
El Shaarawy notched his 10th goal in all competitions against
Anderlecht this week, with Chiellini noting: “He is the revelation
of the season.
“We could all see his potential last year, though. Now he is
scoring a lot of goals and becoming a key player for Milan. In
addition to his technical quality he has the right attitude and he
wants to show what he can do.”
Juventus deposed the Rossoneri as Serie A champions in 2011, and
Milan’s star has certainly fallen a long way since they secured 3-0
wins both at home and away in the 2009-10 season.
Fast forward two years and Juve top the table with 32 points, 17
more than Milan, who are languishing in 12th place.
Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, who has revealed his
dissatisfaction over his current part-time role at the San Siro,
will sit out tomorrow’s clash with a muscle problem.