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Chiellini: ‘I see myself as a manager’

May 10, 2020 - 11:01 am

Giorgio believes he will stay in football after retiring and would be more suited in a managerial role rather than coaching.

The Juventus captain was speaking to Sky Sport ahead of the publication of his new book, ‘Io, Giorgio’ and began by addressing the recent Coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

“It has been a difficult and strange two months for everyone,” he told Sky, “I lived the first month closed in the sports centre, then I was with my family and this is the only positive aspect.

“They have been intense, difficult days, they isolate you but you also rediscover forgotten or neglected values.”

Chiellini is due to release his autobiography this week and it includes very frank accounts of his career.

“I am a Juventus and Azzurri player with many years of a career, and I am proud of what I have achieved.

“It is not over yet, but the time had come to take stock of the situation to explain how I feel beyond the field and the interviews.

“The book started in the summer to be ready in December, then there was the injury and then the Coronavirus, so the book came out late. ”

Chiellini has his masters in business administration so would he prefer to take a coaching or managerial role in the future?

“I would like a managerial path, I don’t know where it will take me because I don’t know my qualities, but I see myself there more than as a coach.

“Football is my life, a passion and it will always be part of my life. Now I enjoy the last few years, I don’t know if it will be one or two years, but I still have something to give on the pitch.

“Over the years I have learned to be more lucid, I have improved in my head and a little in my feet too.

“When I started my career at Juve, Capello didn’t give you anything and the minutes with him at Juve were earned. In one of the first friendlies he asked me what my role was, I told him full back. He: ‘No, defender! The defender first defends, learn that first.’

“The BBC? Such empathy was created that we raised the bar, plus we had Gigi Buffon behind us. Barzagli is the most ‘curmudgeon’ of all, but when he opened his mouth he made us laugh and everyone listened to him. An exceptional professional, perhaps he was even underestimated.”

Chiellinin recently helped negotiate a reduction in player salaries to help the club through a difficult time.

“As a captain I acted as an intermediary, the group then understood the moment. We wanted to be the first to set an example and draw a line. I am proud that we did it. It seemed right to me for the moment we are going through.”

The captain has had to adapt to a new defensive outlook the season under coach Maurizio Sarri.

“It was not easy to get used to. My injury and Cristiano Ronaldo’s problems did not help the coach at the beginning.

“We had some ups and downs, luckily we won against Inter before the postponement of the season, that leaves us feeling positive.

“Returning to training? They called me for tests, and I wasn’t expecting it. I was sorry to tell my daughter that I had to go away.

“When I passed in front of the stadium I felt a shiver inside. On a physical level it will be tough, we have been locked in the house for months without movement.

“The situation will be critical and the risks will be very high, but it is a compromise to be found. We hope to decide soon. “

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