Juve held Madrid 1-1 in the Champions League Final but then granted three goals without a response after the restart. Now Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini explains why.
“Well, nothing strange happened. We were just tired. Nothing sensational happened at half-time. No-one fought,” the defender said, in an excerpt from his new autobiography, ‘Io, Giorgio’. “We lost because we were exhausted.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about Cardiff in the famous Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid,” began the 35-year-old, in trying to describe that final. “It was 1-1, but then it ended dramatically.”
Throughout Juventus’ 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in 2017, thus, Chiellini denied thinking of a bust-up.
In any case, in their dressing room, in the midst of speculation, Chiellini revealed that he and the whole team had argued. The defender, however, maintained that his teammates were only ‘tired’:
“Finals always come too late for us. We were extremely tired after the first half, Mandzukic was unable to walk and Pjanic the same.
“Both of them had their knees treated while the coach talked to us. We were short of breath so we tried to egg each other on.