Chiellini Backs Spalletti and Sides with Bonucci in Juve Spat

Juventus icon and Los Angeles FC center-back Giorgio Chiellini has backed Luciano Spalletti to lead the Azzurri in the future following the resignation of Roberto Mancini. Antonio Conte and Spalletti were in the running, but as things stand, it increasingly looks like the 2022/23 Scudetto winner will lead the Italy dugout.

In an exclusive interview with La Stampa (via Tuttomercatoweb), gave his opinion on the FIGC’s decision to rely on Spalletti.

“I’m happy that the federation is moving towards a coach who has a perfect profile to restart. I’m confident that after the bureaucratic aspects have been resolved, he will be able to start building a group that will then have to participate in the next European Championships in every possible way. This is the most important thing at the moment. For Spalletti, it is the crowning achievement of a career.”

Chiellini also spoke in length regarding him longtime teammate Leonardo Bonucci’s falling out with the Juventus management.

“I obviously heard from Leo, as well as saw him in July in Tuscany. What I feel is displeasure. I would have preferred a different ending, for Leo to be properly celebrated by the fans and that didn’t happen. In this situation there are no losers and no winners. I hope that a midpoint will be found that can be good for both Leonardo and the club. I hope that Leo can continue at a high level and therefore arrive in good shape at the European Championship,” he said (via Tuttomercatoweb).

The ex-Italy captain then dished about the problems that arise at the Bianconeri.

“One characteristic of Juventus is that it is a company that makes choices without looking anyone in the face: right or wrong, it cannot be defined well, I always say the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Let’s say even a club that has never had any problems makes unpopular choices.”

Chiellini left Juventus in 2022 to join Major League Soccer outfit LAFC. He has since made 31 appearances for the California natives.

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