LONDON (AP) — Regardless of having packed trophy cupboards, Italy’s two veteran defenders are nonetheless out to show they’ll compete on the highest degree.
Giorgio Chiellini, who turns 37 subsequent month, and 34-year-old Leonardo Bonucci are the spine of a rock-solid Italy protection at this yr’s European Championship. Their subsequent task might be to cease Spain on Tuesday within the semifinals at Wembley Stadium.
“It’s been plenty of years now that it’s been mentioned that they’re the perfect heart again pairing in world soccer,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini mentioned Monday. “Their power is that they need to show that that’s nonetheless the case match in, match out and I believe that’s essential for a participant, to show that they’re the perfect of their place with each sport that passes.”
Chiellini and Bonucci have been on the coronary heart of the protection for Italy’s nationwide crew and Juventus for a lot of the previous 11 years. They, together with the now retired Andrea Barzagli, shaped the famed BBC trio.
Collectively they helped Juventus win eight Serie A titles and 4 Italian Cup trophies. They’ve every performed greater than 100 matches for his or her nation.
“Clearly once we are enjoying alongside each other we all know one another’s sport inside out and so issues come very naturally to us,” Bonucci mentioned. “So naturally you don’t should essentially take into consideration all the opposite issues you need to while you play with somebody apart from Giorgio, all of it comes very naturally.