John Terry admits he studied Italian defenders and praises Giorgio Chiellini for his foul on Bukayo Saka during the UEFA Euro 2020 Final: ‘If you just think about it, you are a legend.’
The former English defender previewed tonight’s Chelsea-Juventus in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, predicting a 2-0 win for the Blues.
“Chelsea are in shape and haven’t had problems since they lost in Turin. To me, they are superior to Juventus even with the absentees,” the former Chelsea captain said.
The Blues and the Bianconeri meet at Stamford Bridge tonight. It kicks off at 20.00 UK time.
Juventus have already qualified for the last 16 with two games to spare and need at least two points in the last two games to win Group H ahead of the defending Champions.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side beat the Blues in the reverse fixture in Turin in September, thanks to a goal from Federico Chiesa.
Terry, 40, spent almost his entire career at Chelsea, playing 713 games at Stamford Bridge.
During the interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, he revealed the influence of Italian players in his career.
“I studied Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini. Maldini is my absolute idol, he made everything look easy. Nobody has ever had his style,” he said.
“Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are the best players of his generation, they are two legends already,” Terry continued.
“To do what Chiellini did on Saka….it not easy. If you just think about it, it’s clear that you are a legend.
“To me, England were superior to Italy, but the Azzurri had something special. When I saw them sing the national anthem during the group stage, I thought: ‘This is what the fans want, fight together, with passion and sacrifice.’ The experience did the rest.”
Terry got to know many Italian legends at Chelsea, especially Gianluca Vialli and Gianfranco Zola.
“Gianluca was the first one who really believed in me. He hated losing, his movements were incredible, as his passion. He gave everything for Chelsea, he was an outstanding example.
“Zola is another great man, he always helped me and I will thank him forever. Sometimes, at that time, we had no food after training sessions. He and Vialli sorted it out by bringing an Italian chef.
“We became accustomed to having correct eating habits, do stretching and going to bed early.”
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— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) November 23, 2021