Chiellini open to three-man defence

Posted on 04/02/2010


Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is open to Alberto Zaccheroni’s idea of playing with a three-man defence.

Zaccheroni has been working on implementing a 3-4-1-2 formation with Chiellini in front of Gigi Buffon along with Nicola Legrottaglie and Fabio Cannavaro.

It remains to be seen whether the system is unveiled against Livorno on Saturday, but Chiellini is confident it can work.

Speaking to the Juventus Channel, Chiellini said: “I already knew that he was a very prepared Coach. Giannichedda told me about him from his time in Udine and Roma.

“A change of Coach is not enough for us to get out of this crisis, but with a bit of work and support from everyone Zaccheroni will make us understand the movements that he wants, the alternative solutions like the three-man defence which is an idea to exploit, even during the middle of a game.

“I always played with three at the back until I was 20. When I came on the scene with Mazzarri’s Livorno I played calmly with a three-man defence, but at these levels three or four makes little difference for us. We know how to change without problems.”

Chiellini then expressed his disappointment that Juventus fired Ciro Ferrara.

“For many of us, Ciro wasn’t just a Coach but also a team-mate. He cared for us on a personal level. I am sorry because it was the failure of all the team, but seeing that the board can’t change 20 players the decision was taken to change the Coach.

“I am convinced that Ciro will return to train and have success.”

Finally Chiellini reacted to claims that he is about to renew his contract.

“They write a lot about it, there are many rumours. Interest from big clubs can make you happy but I have no intention of leaving Juve. I feel great here and I hope to stay for a long time and prolong my relationship with the club. I believe that we will do it this summer.” 

Source: Football-Italia

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