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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 12 hours ago
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Oct 11, 2012

Chiellini 'not worried' by sub role

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini believes he may have been harshly judged since returning from injury, but nevertheless he is happy to be named as a substitute for Italy.

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Chiellini, 28, has recently returned from a knock he picked up during Euro 2012, and some have doubted his form since coming back.

Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli is likely to name Chiellini's Juve team-mates Andrea Barzagli and Leo Bonucci as his central-defensive pairing for the World Cup qualifier with Armenia but Chiellini is not concerned by the snub.

He said: "The perfect system doesn't exist, it is all about the interpretation of the players. If you've seen my games since I returned, I don't think my performances have been below the norm, perhaps people are judging my displays on one or two incidents.

"Sitting on the bench wouldn't cause me any problems, there are a lot of very good players in this squad. The coach knows me very well, he has some excellent alternatives and he'll make the decisions. I'm not worried."

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