Giorgio Chiellini is convinced that Massimiliano Allegri is the right man to win back the Juventus Scudetto after Andrea Pirlo’s failed experiment.
The famous former midfielder Pirlo was unable to lead the Bianconeri to their tenth consecutive Serie A title last season and was sacked in May, before halfway through the two-year contract.
On the same day Allegri was named Pirlo’s successor for a second term, after leading Juve to five league titles, four Italian Cups and two Champions League finals.
Juve amassed 142 wins in 190 league games under Allegri – only Giovanni Trapattoni oversaw more games – giving him a win rate of 74.74, ahead of second-place Antonio Conte (72.81), who scored 83 triumphs on 114 games.
In his five seasons with Juve, Allegri suffered only 20 league defeats, with his side scoring 380 goals and conceding 125 in return, averaging 2.39 points per game.
Allegri is responsible for three of Juventus’ seven seasons during which he scored at least 100 goals, in the meantime, alongside Pirlo, Conte and Jesse Carver.
Chiellini was part of that successful stint at the club and will likely play a key role in this latest new era for Juventus after signing a two-year contract extension on Monday.
Allegri’s immediate goal is to regain the title at Inter, also seeing the competition from Milan and Atalanta, and the experienced central defender Chiellini is ready to do his part.
“I’m happy to see him again,” Chiellini told Juventus TV. “He has given a lot to me and everyone.
“I kept in touch with the guys and they told me he is really excited for the start of the season. I am convinced that he is the right man to bring this team back to the top and create a new cycle.
“I’m here to give my contribution, especially on the pitch, but also off the pitch.”
Chiellini has made 535 appearances for Juventus since arriving in 2004, but has only played 21 times in Serie A since the start of 2019-20, in part due to injury.
He showed his qualities at Euro 2020 by helping Italy win their first continental title in 53 years, starting with five of the Azzurri’s seven matches in the tournament.
The Leghorn product has made six eliminations, four more than any other player in Italy, also leading the way for interceptions (three) and aerial duels (seven).
After putting an end to potential retirement talks by putting Juve on paper, Chiellini is now looking for a place in the Italian squad for the World Cup for Qatar 2022.
“The World Cup is just over a year away, so we’ll see,” he said. “I always want to enjoy every moment and think about the present.
“If I’m lucky enough to be in good shape and able to participate in the World Cup, then I’ll be happy. If I don’t, I’ll still be happy.
“I have learned in recent years that the only secret is to live in the moment and without thinking about distant goals.
“Now we have to restart the engine after these few weeks in which I needed time to recover, then we will do it one week at a time, game by game, and we will see where we end up.”