Giorgio Chiellini states that Antonio Conte ‘if he hadn’t been on holiday, he would not have left Juventus’. ‘Conte and Max Allegri have drained you dry.’
The defender outlines his whole career, much of which he spent in the Bianconeri jersey and publishes his memoir, ‘Io, Giorgio,’ says Football Italia.
In July 2014, Conte spent two days in pre-season preparation, before he unexpectedly left Juventus, winning three straight Serie A titles.
Chiellini wrote, “I think Conte went that way because the old guard wasn’t there,” referring to himself, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, and Gigi Buffon.
“We were on an extended vacation after the World Cup in Brazil, he was fired up, tense, and all it took was a couple of moments for everything to finally break.”
“Antonio is a ‘fiery’ personality, but I am convinced that if we had all been there, he would’ve stayed. Having said that, looking back, he should’ve left in May that year, which would’ve been a more fitting end to his time at Juventus.”
Another strong tactician, Allegri followed Conte, who went on to win another five Serie A championships.
“Conte is one of the greats, but he bleeds you dry,” continued Chiellini. “He had got everything out of us and reached the end, just as Allegri did last year.
“It was more the end for Conte than for Juventus. He had only decided to remain out of love for Juve but then lost his temper two months later when his key players weren’t able to intervene. If Leo, Andrea, Gigi, and I had been there, we wouldn’t have let him go.”
There are already theories about what happened behind the scenes that caused such a sudden departure.
“Nothing special happened, there was no argument or even a physical altercation with President Andrea Agnelli, of course not. It’s just that things finish, just as with Beppe Marotta and Allegri.”