What Giorgio Chiellini's torn ACL means for Juventus and Matthijs de Ligt | Serie A

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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is set for a long absence after tearing his ACL in training ahead of the Bianconeri’s massive Serie A match vs. Napoli. ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti, Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop examine the impact Chiellini’s absence will have on Juventus both in Serie A and in the UEFA Champions League. Plus, Hislop questions whether Chiellini will ever be a regular fixture in the Juventus lineup again and says an injury like this is why the club went out and signed Matthijs de Ligt for a then-record fee for a defender.

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48 thoughts on “What Giorgio Chiellini's torn ACL means for Juventus and Matthijs de Ligt | Serie A

  1. Losing Chiellini is absolutely reason to panick. He is one of the, if not the greatest center back of the last decade, and we know what happens to Juventus and Italy in his absence. He is the pillar of Juventus and his absence will be felt.

  2. Chiellini may be the captain, but he was aging and he was going to be replaced by De Ligt anyway. The next Juve captain SHOULD already be in the team, so all in all, Chiellini getting injured isnt a big deal. Chiellini gets injured and your next option is De Ligt??? Jesus christ… Juventus fans should be feeling lucky there next option is that good. Sucks for Chiellini, but Juventus should be doing fine without him, they shouldnt use his injury as an excuse if Juve starts playing poorly. Those are just the expectations you get for being considered one of the biggest clubs in the world and having a third choice centerback that cost you 84 million

  3. What a time to have the long term injury. The season where the club bought your long term replacement.
    De Ligt should have partnered Chellini, but now will partner Bonucci.

  4. As much as I hate Juve, I love Chiellini, he is our Capitano for the Natizionale and is a much bigger blow to Italia then to Juve. Demiral is a very good young defender and obviously they also have De Ligt.

  5. It means that Juve are fucked, and now the Serie A is in trouble, I just hope Demiral gets a chance to start, he is miles better than Bonucci, and it’s the ideal Chiellini replacement

  6. Chiellini is the rock for juventus in the back, de ligt is overrated and looks lost most games. The reason napoli had an epic comeback was due to that fact. Juventus needs better and more experienced defensive players, their pretty much set everywhere else.

  7. This ESPN crew is trash especially rhat twat Steve or w. E the fuck his ugly fuck face name is. Literally last week he was crying "why did they pay so much money for de ligt if they won't play him blah blah," and I said cause he's 19 and new to serie a, kids got a shit tonne to learn befor he can displace bonucci-chiellini combo. Well, for those who watched the game against Napoli, we just pray chiellini comes back quick, cause this de ligt kids got jelly legs right now, buckling under pressure. Couple Napili goals were his fault at least.

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