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Chiesa: ‘I apologised to the fans because I want to give my best’

Federico Chiesa explained that he apologised to the travelling Juventus supporters as he feels he hasn’t been able to give his best this season. The Juventus winger scored the second goal in the Bianconeri’s 2-0 win over Freiburg last night, securing their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Speaking with Sky Sport Italia after the game (as quoted by TuttoJuve) Chiesa spoke with Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero and talked through his performance, his recovery from injury and why he and Dusan Vlahovic want to give back to the Juventus faithful:

Del Piero: “Congratulations on the goal, can you describe it for us?”:

“The goal came from the first failed attempt where I shot with full power, but the shot had gone out, so I said to myself now I’ll place it low and see what happens.”

Did you apologise to the fans?

“Yes, I want to be there, I want to give the team and the club a hand for what they have given me in the past. Unfortunately in recent years I haven’t been able to, I’m not at my best because of the problem I had. I’m sorry I won’t be there, I want to give my best in every match but that’s how it is at the moment. It was a heartfelt moment because I want to play and give joy to the fans.”

On Vlahovic:

“Dusan is great and he has everything to become a champion. He’s having a difficult time in front of goal, but tonight he came through and in fact he had already scored before the penalty. Today he shot the ball badly and scored, with Samp he had kicked it well and missed!”

On his condition:

“My first thought is to be at the coach’s disposal, in the last matches unfortunately I haven’t been there. Some discomfort is still there, but I’m working even harder to be more and more ready. Unfortunately my father had similar injuries, two of them. It’s a path of big obstacles to come back, but even after that the path continues. I just have to stay calm and be there.”

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