Giorgio Chiellini believes Juventus must distort their DNA if new manager Maurizio Sarri is to be a success.
The 60-year-old Italian tactician succeeded Massimiliano Allegri in the summer after he guided Juve to an eighth consecutive Scudetto, five of which came under his stewardship.
However, what alluded Allegri and Antonio Conte before him is ending the Bianconeri’s European Cup drought, with their last success coming in 1996.
Allegri, in his defence, guided them to two finals but they fell short against Spain’s mighty duo: Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid two years later.
One criticism of his reign, despite their domestic success, has been how reactive they’ve been and Allegri’s overall pragmatic approach. Sarri, who announced himself at Napoli as a forward-thinking coach, offers Juve a different way of playing.
But in a squad largely unchanged from last season, there needs to be some adapting if Juventus’ supremacy is to be maintained. And that is the view of club captain Chiellini, who scored the only goal in the Old Lady’s opening weekend victory at Parma.
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“We are happy with the result and how we tackled the challenge, although with the increasing condition it will be easier,” he told the club’s official website.
“The absence of the coach today is relative, we paid more for the fact that he is missing during the week. I believe, however, that he can be proud because the team have shown that we are united, and that we can train with dedication and application.
“We will improve, but the important thing is to grow by winning.
“This team has great champions, there have been so many changes and we wanted to raise the bar, trying to distort our DNA, but by maintaining certain cornerstones like the daily work that must be done on the basis of every game principle.
“We commit ourselves with enthusiasm and with a great desire to integrate ourselves, in order to achieve the result.”
Parma 0-1 Juventus: Five key things to know…
- Maurizio Sarri missed the game after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
- Matthijs de Ligt, who joined from Ajax in the summer, was an unused substitute.
- Paulo Dybala also remained on the bench as the Old Lady went on to win 1-0.
- Giorgio Chiellini scored Juve’s winner in the 21st minute.
- The result ended a five-match winless streak Juve had been on in the league.