Juventus parts with Giorgio Chiellini after trophy-less season

MILAN — The final time Juventus ended the season with out a trophy, AC Milan took the Serie A title and Inter Milan gained the Italian Cup.

This year might see a repeat of 2011.

The two Milan golf equipment are combating it out on the high of Serie A, with Inter two factors behind its metropolis rival with two matches remaining.

Milan hosts Atalanta on Sunday, shortly earlier than Inter — buoyed by its Italian Cup victory over Juventus on Wednesday — performs at relegation-threatened Cagliari.

Juventus, in the meantime, prepares to welcome Lazio on Monday figuring out {that a} third-place end is the very best it may possibly obtain, and even that may be out of attain by the point the sport begins.

At least the crew is aware of it’s already assured of Champions League qualification.

When Massimiliano Allegri returned as coach of Juventus within the offseason, he was supposed to revive glory after the crew’s dominance of Serie A was resulted in Andrea Pirlo’s single season in cost.

Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini will half methods with Juventus.
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Allegri had steered Juventus to 5 of its 9 straight league titles — in addition to 4 consecutive Italian Cup trophies — and likewise guided the Bianconeri to 2 Champions League finals.

However, Juventus will finish the season with out a trophy and with its lowest level end since 2011, too.

Pirlo no less than gained the Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup. Juventus lost the Italian Super Cup in January, additionally to Inter.

“It’s clear that something hasn’t gone right but we’ve said that over the past few days, and there has been improvement, but honestly we’re still far from the strongest team that is Inter,” Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini mentioned after Wednesday’s 4-2 last loss. “This team lacks something that has been part of Juve for so many years and needs to be found again as soon as possible.”

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini
Chiellini will bid farewell to Italy’s nationwide crew subsequent month.
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Chiellini is properly positioned to speak in regards to the scenario at Juventus, having been on the membership since 2004 and experiencing its relegation to Serie B following a match-fixing scandal in addition to its return to dominance.

“There are cycles, that’s part of the game,” the veteran defender mentioned. “I had two years of ending seventh when the earlier cycle completed. A brand new one needed to be born, it’s a part of life.

“We need to accept that but we also need to be aware of ourselves to have that extra energy that we have to give this restart. I think the coach is the best person to be able to transmit this DNA. This club can’t accept to end next season again without any trophies.”

Chiellini gained’t be there, nonetheless. The 37-year-old defender mentioned the video games towards Lazio and at Fiorentina can be his final within the well-known black and white shirt, bringing an finish to a glory-filled affiliation of almost 20 years throughout which he gained 20 trophies.

Inter Milan's team celebrates after winning the the Italian Cup final soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Inter Milan’s crew celebrates after successful the Italian Cup last soccer match between Juventus and Inter Milan on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
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“We had 10 magnificent years and now it’s the turn of the boys to continue,” mentioned Chiellini, who made greater than 550 appearances for Juventus. “I think I’ve done everything I could have done. I hope to have left them with something.”

Chiellini additionally helped Italy win the European Championship title final year and can bid his farewell to the national team subsequent month.

“Monday I’ll celebrate and say goodbye to my Juventus Stadium against Lazio and then if I feel good I’ll have a runout in Florence, too, just to stay in form for the national team,” Chiellini mentioned. “But I’m handing the baton to the children.

“I think I’ve left them with something and I’m happy to be leaving at such a high level still. It’s been so many years now that I’ve said I didn’t want to limp to the finish, not playing these matches at my level … so it’s really with joy, with serenity that I leave this club and soon I will be the biggest fan.”

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