Printed in Oct 2005, examine out what we wrote on the legendary Juventus and Italy defender.
Talent Scout: Giorgio Chiellini (Oct 2005)
Juventus’ bustling, attacking remaining-back again Giorgio Chiellini is nonetheless an additional member of the “new wave” introduced into the Italian national staff by new mentor Marcello Lippi last time. The 21-year-previous, who returned to Turin HQ this summer months from a financial loan spell at Fiorentina, could nonetheless prove a valuable weapon in Lippi’s armoury at future year’s Entire world Cup.
Chiellini, 6ft 2in and developed like the proverbial brick drinking water closet, has now gained himself the nickname “The Armoured Truck”, although his mentor at previous club Livorno, Giorgio Papadopulo, as soon as likened him to the previous Verona and West Germany remaining-back again Hans-Pieter Briegel.
In fact, the youngster, who is substantially provided to receiving ahead nonetheless trusted in defence, has only one evident weakness – his inexperience.
Chiellini now has 5 caps, obtaining produced his Italy debut in a helpful against Finland last November. Were being it not for a broken nose pre-time, he could have included to that tally. As shortly as Italy wrap up their qualification, on the other hand, Lippi should really obtain area for him in the collection of pre-Entire world Cup friendlies.
Both equally with Juventus and Italy, Chiellini could nonetheless prove a true joker in the pack, provided that he can choose in excess of from the latest Juventus and Italy remaining-back again Gianluca Zambrotta. That would give
equally Lippi and Juventus mentor Fabio Capello the option of working with Zambrotta in remaining midfield, at proper-back again or in a proper-sided midfield purpose.
Chiellini’s attacking penchant, his electric power, his speed and the tactical solutions that he affords equally coaches suggest that this could nicely be a pretty prosperous time for him and one that requires him
all the way to Germany 2006.
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