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Former Chelsea defender John Terry hashailed Giorgio Chiellini for his foul on Bukayo Saka during the final of Euro 2020.
The Arsenal star took the ball past the experienced Italy centre-back at Wembley and acres of space opened up for him to run into. But a cynical grab of the youngster’s collar brought him to the ground and earned Chiellini a yellow card.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Juventus, Terry took an alternative approach.
“To do what Chiellini did on Saka… it’s not easy. If you just think about it, it’s clear that you are a legend,” Terry said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia.
“To me, England were superior to Italy, but the Azzurri had something special. When I saw them sing the national anthem during the group stage, I thought: ‘This is what the fans want, fight together, with passion and sacrifice.’ The experience did the rest.”
Terry shares the opinion with his former manager Jose Mourinho.
“What Chiellini did with Saka shows everything,” Mourinho told talkSPORT in the days after the final.
“He made his only mistake of the game, he lost the turn on the touchline. Saka was going… ‘You are not going, you stay with me, the shirt is mine and you are not going.’
“He knows what he is doing. This is a top defender and a very clever guy.”
Source – football.london