Giorgio Chiellini and Jordi Alba during the draw for the penalty shootout of the Euro 'semis'


The story behind Giorgio Chiellini's hesitation to Jordi Alba

Published:9/07/2021 - 18:55h

Updated:9/07/2021 - 18:55h

At the moment of greatest tension of the 'semis' of the Euro between Italy and Spain, Chiellini managed to get a laugh from Jordi Alba, hesitating ... And now he has explained what happened

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Giorgio Chiellini and Jordi Alba starred one of the images more virales of the semifinals of the Eurocopa, between Italy and Spain. In the previous draw to the batch of penaltis, the captain of the 'azzurra' did to laugh to all the continent while it kidded with the main referee of the meeting, Felix Brych, his assistants and the left side of Spain and FC Barcelona. The cameras attracted the moment in which the Italian hesitated by the coin and did not stop to smile until finishing embracing to Alba before the decisive batch.

The true is that Chiellini showed experience, calm and confidence in one of the most difficult moments and of greater pressure for both selections, that played a pass to the final of the Eurocopa. The one of the Juventus opted for taking the situation with tranquility and like this wanted to it transmit to Jordi Alba, that yes remained static and nervous in front of the hesitate of the central defender. Days afterwards, in an interview to the Italian Federation, the player has explained all what happened in the draw.

"It said much more that what has happened in reality. We had to decide under the bottom in which launch and the referee said 'red to a side, blue to the another'. When it went out red, Jordi thought that it was his bottom, but I signalled him kidding that it was not like this", explained Chiellini in the interview, putting him like this 'end' to the curious and entertained history that went back viral during the night of the Tuesday.

The tranquility did not accompany by long to the captain of the 'squadra azzurra', since it has confessed that suffered too much the batch of penaltis, especially after Unai Simón detained the shot of Locatelli, the first of the round. "After the first, was exasperated. We share emotions that will remain for ever and at the end there was an embrace with some tear", left clear.

Chiellini Trusts Italy

In spite of the adversities, 'il capitano' is proud of what has achieved his selection, something that did not expect does some months. "Play the final is a dream done reality. At the beginning we also thought that Mancini was crazy when it said us that we had to think in winning the Eurocopa", recognised to the Italian Federation. This Sunday 11 July, Italy and England will confront , from the 21:00 hours (in Spain) in the big final of the Euro, in Wembley.

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