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Chiellini: Cavani battle stays on the pitch

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says he and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani left the field on friendly terms after their 1-1 draw.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says he and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani left the field on friendly terms after their 1-1 draw.

Before half-time of the Serie A clash on Friday, Cavani was adjudged to have elbowed Chiellini in the face while the Italy international was seen pulling the Uruguayan’s hair.

Despite their on-field exchanges, Chiellini said there were no hard feelings between the two.

“We spoke afterwards and it’s only right that for 90 minutes we knock each other about, but at the final whistle it’s all over,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia.

“What happened can be seen on the footage. It stays on the pitch. It is a great challenge to be taking on champions.

“It was an important game that wouldn’t decide anything, but we sent a signal we want to win the Scudetto again and deserve to be top of the table.

“It was a decent performance and we hoped to win, but the draw is overall the right result.”

Chiellini was in doubt before the match but managed to play the full 90 minutes and even got on the scoresheet.

But he admitted the match had taken its toll, saying: “The ankle still hurts a lot.

“I have to thank the medical staff, as we worked together all day and even at night at my home.

“I am glad that I was able to help the team, though I still need to improve my fitness levels and I can only do that by playing.”

Sat 2 March, 2013
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