Giorgio Chiellini denied thinking of a bust-up but ruled how ‘finals still come too late for us’, during Juventus’ 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in 2017.
Chiellini and co. argued, in the midst of speculation Juve held Madrid 1-1 in the Champions League Final but granted three goals without a response after the restart in their dressing room.
The defender, however, declared that his teammates were only ‘tired’, in another extract from his new autobiography, ‘Io, Giorgio’.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Cardiff in the famous Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid,” wrote the 35-year-old.
“Well, nothing strange happened. We were just tired. Nothing sensational happened at half-time. No-one fought.”
“We lost because we were exhausted. 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.”
“It was 1-1, but then it ended dramatically.”