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Talent Scout: Giorgio Chiellini – World Soccer

Revealed in October 2005, try what we wrote on the legendary Juventus and Italy defender.

Expertise Scout: Giorgio Chiellini (October 2005) 

Juventus’ bustling, attacking left-back Giorgio Chiellini is one more member of the “new wave” introduced into the Italian nationwide crew by new coach Marcello Lippi final season. The 21-year-old, who returned to Turin HQ this summer time from a mortgage spell at Fiorentina, might but show a helpful weapon in Lippi’s armoury at subsequent 12 months’s World Cup.

Chiellini, 6ft 2in and constructed just like the proverbial brick water closet, has already earned himself the nickname “The Armoured Truck”, whereas his coach at former membership Livorno, Giorgio Papadopulo, as soon as likened him to the previous Verona and West Germany left-back Hans-Pieter Briegel.

Certainly, the teenager, who is far given to getting ahead but dependable in defence, has just one apparent weak spot – his inexperience.

Chiellini now has 5 caps, having made his Italy debut in a pleasant towards Finland final November. Have been it not for a damaged nostril pre-season, he may need added to that tally. As quickly as Italy wrap up their qualification, nonetheless, Lippi ought to discover house for him within the collection of pre-World Cup friendlies.

Armoured Truck: Chiellini’s power obtained him the nickname (Getty Photographs)

Each with Juventus and Italy, Chiellini might but show an actual joker within the pack, provided that he can take over from the present Juventus and Italy left-back Gianluca Zambrotta. That may give
each Lippi and Juventus coach Fabio Capello the chance of utilizing Zambrotta in left midfield, at right-back or in a right-sided midfield position.

Chiellini’s attacking penchant, his energy, his tempo and the tactical choices that he affords each coaches imply that this might effectively be a really profitable season for him and one which takes him
all the way in which to Germany 2006.

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