Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has named the key elements that are required to mount against Atletico Madrid in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat in the first leg to Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night and now have it all to do for the return leg in Turin on March 12.
Although Juventus did nearly pull off a sensational comeback in the Champions League last season against Real Madrid, where they came back from a 3-0 first leg defeat at home to beat Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu by the same scoreline in normal time.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s extra-time penalty back then was the only thing that prevented Juventus from pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in history with Real going on to win the competition for the third time in a row.
But Chiellini is remaining optimistic of their chances of doing what they failed to do last year against Atletico this time around.
“The comeback requires belief and balance from us,” Chiellini told Tuttosport.
“Some incidents hurt us and we’re disappointed, but the tie isn’t over yet. Did Atletico surprise me? No, we knew what the match would be like.
“It was more or less what we expected, with these incidents that make the difference against a team who make everyone play badly, not just us.
“In the second leg, we’ll have to be proactive, play with great clarity and take advantage of the chances we get, while being careful from set-pieces because Atletico make the most of these situations.”
The Italian centre-back feels that Juventus will require a “super” performance from the entire squad instead of just Ronaldo for the second leg.
He added: “Will we need a super Ronaldo performance? Yes, but also super ones from [Wojciech] Szczesny, [Mattia] De Sciglio, [Leonardo] Bonucci, Chiellini…
“Everyone must have a great game, plus we have to score: when you score early, the game turns, like it did in four minutes in Madrid.
“We’ll have to be more careful and want to go through even more than we did before.”
Meanwhile, Juventus will first take a trip to Bologna in their next Serie A match on Sunday.
— Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) February 22, 2019