Giorgio Chiellini believes Italy defensive improvements are because “if we have the ball, the opposition can’t score” ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier with Greece.
The Azzurri travel to Athens tomorrow night and the veteran defender was asked about the fact that Roberto Mancini’s Italy have now put together four consecutive clean sheets.
“If we have the ball, then the opposition can’t score,” said the Juventus captain at a Press conference.
“We want to play an attacking game, but at the same time still keeping a good balance, that is what the Coach asked from us.
“We want to have the ball, and have some fun, but having a good balance between defence and attack is fundamental. Each player is asked to help in both phases, no matter if he is a forward or a defender.
“We want to continue to make progress, and we have two big, difficult games coming up.”
Chiellini will be up against two Greece centre-backs who are familiar with Serie A, namely Roma’s Kostas Manolas and former Genoa and Milan defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
“Greece have a great defensive pairing in Manolas and Papastathopoulos. We know them well, they are top class, plus they have Andreas Samaris, who plays with Benfica.
“The captain of Olympiakos, Kostas Fortounis is top level, as Greece they have excellent players. They have a new philosophy and are getting good results.
“We expect a hostile crowd. I’ve played in Greece plenty of times before and have struggled. we will need to be focused.”