Chiellini talks up ‘BBC’ partnership

Posted Saturday, January 21, 2017 by

Chiellini talks up ‘BBC’ partnership
Giorgio Chiellini believes the partnership with Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci for Juventus and Italy is the best defensive trio in the world.

Known as the 'BBC', the experienced defenders have developed a relationship on and off the field, which has led Juventus to total domantion of Italian football with five consecutive league titles.

And, while Chielleni admits they aren't the best defenders in the world, he says the relationship and understanding with each other is what takes their performance levels to greater heights.

With the addition of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, the Juve and Azzurri defence have a combined appearance record of 2749 games for club and country – arguably one of the most experienced partnerships in Europe.

"With Buffon it's the BBBC," he told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

"It is certainly a wonderful group of friends, of people who – apart from the rapport that we've built on and off the pitch – reached a certain level because there's something magical in that relationship.

"With all due respect, we have never been and are currently not the best defenders in the world, but together we each raise the game of the other. That is true.

"There is also profound friendship, something deep that makes us share everything. We have our strengths and weaknesses, but when you care for someone, you don't dwell on the defects and only see their qualities.

"At the end of the day, all four of us are people who live for our work and put heart and soul into it. If there's no passion in there or a human connection, you can get results once in a while, but not in the long-term.

"It all stems from the passion. Heart is the main ingredient, then follows hard work, quality, character and desire to win. Without heart, solidarity and that understanding, believe me, you won't get the results we've achieved over so many years."

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