Giorgio Chiellini is magnificent. The almost telepathic anticipation, the celebration of every tackle as if a goal, the Italian is just a Rolls Royce defender who shone tonight as Juventus knocked Tottenham out of the Champions League.
The 33-year-old limited Spurs to just a goal, all the more impressive given the obvious grief which he bore on his face during the minute's silence prior to the game. The tragic passing of Davide Astori, Fiorentina captain, has stunned the footballing world and clearly affected the centre-half.
As for the game, Chiellini epitomises Italian defending. It is a joyous combination of cunning wit, athleticism and passion. The burly defender glides along the back-four waiting for his chance to hurl himself into the nearest attacker or in the way of the next goal-bound strike
Watch his night summed up in this video below.
Giorgio Chiellini vs. Spurs— EiF Video💜 (@EiF_Highlights) March 8, 2018
Juventus’ gladiator. An incredible performance from the man who seems to love nothing more than defending, as he helped slow down one of the best strikers in the world and led them to the quarterfinals. pic.twitter.com/goCtf3GWUs
If I was ever accused of murder I’d definitely want Giorgio Chiellini to defend me.— David Preece (@davidpreece12) March 7, 2018
Giorgio Chiellini put his body on the line time and time again tonight. Warrior of a defender. Him and Buffon celebrating a block as if it were a goal. Two Greats of the game. pic.twitter.com/1iZbSq7Jp7— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 7, 2018
Giorgio Chiellini can block anything ❌ pic.twitter.com/RLbZacLIvN— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 7, 2018