Chiellini defends Juventus coach Ranieri

There have been reports that Claudio Ranieri could be axed if Juventus fail to beat Palermo today.

“Our relationship with the coach is fabulous,” Chiellini told Radio 105 yesterday.

“We are all on the same boat and trying to move in the same direction. Unfortunately, we have not been able to accomplish what we wanted in some games, but no one thinks he needs to shoulder the blame or even be kicked out.

“And that goes for Alessandro Del Piero too. I have heard some whispers about him, but I want to remind everyone that he put in a solid performance against BATE and went close to scoring. Plus he got us the three points with Zenit. He cannot be the scapegoat!

“The thing is we could fully focus on the championship last term, whereas we play every three days this season and we need to adapt.”