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Chiellini keen to settle Turin derby again

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini wants to be the match-winner again when the Italian champions take on Torino in the Derby della Mole.

The Italian has been on the sidelines with an injury issue but is back in training with the squad ahead the weekend Serie A clash.

“I have recovered from the calf problem I felt towards the end of the match with Chelsea. It wasn’t too serious and after a week I am back training with the team,” he told Mediaset.

The last Turin derby was played three years ago and it was Chiellini who claimed the winning goal that night, and he has not hidden his intention to do the same again.

“Will I score the winner again? I hope so! It would be a dream, though I imagine the Torino fans wouldn’t see it that way,” he said.

“It is wonderful to score in a game like this, because people do care about it so much. Some say that it matters more to Toro than to Juve, but I think that’s underestimating how much people want to win.

“Even if we are fighting for different targets, once the derby begins it wipes out any differences. I am happy to be facing Torino again, as it’s good for the city to have two Serie A sides, and I hope they can strengthen to go for ever stronger objectives as the years go on.

“The derby of the past had always been in the same stadium, but this team it really will be a derby in an ‘away’ stadium. That’ll make it even better, as winning on your opponents’ own turf always feels special.”

Last weekend against AC Milan, Juventus lost their second game within a month after suffering a 3-1 reverse to Inter a couple of weeks back, but Chiellini has refuted the suggestion that his side are feeling the strain of success.

“We do not feel pressure, as it’s far too early to look at the table and there will be numerous changes of position. I hope we can stay on top, of course,” the Italy international said.

Fri 30 November, 2012
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