CL: I bear no grudge against Luis Suarez, says Giorgio Chiellini
Turin: Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says he will not pay Luis Suarez any special attention in next month's Champions League final.
Uruguay's Luis Suarez (right) reacts after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during their 2014 World Cup group match at Estadio das Dunas on June 24 in Natal, Brazil. Pic/Getty Images
The Barcelona attacker and the Bianconeri centre-back are set to meet for the first time since the Uruguayan received a four-month ban for biting the 30-year-old Italian during a World Cup group match last summer.
Chiellini insists that the incident is firmly in the past and says he will not treat Suarez any differently to Real Madrid trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, whom he helped successfully nullify in the last four of the Champions League.
"It has been a week since we knocked out Real Madrid and people only ask me about Suarez," he told reporters.
"I bear no grudges. I have no problem with him. I will mark him the way I did Benzema, Ronaldo, Bale or any other striker, so there's nothing different about it. The only thing that disappointed me that time was going out of the World Cup."
Chiellini added that nothing was more important than the match against Barcelona on June 6: "It's a special game. It's been far too long since we won the European Cup."
Before their meeting in Berlin, Juventus face Lazio in the Coppa Italia final and he f is hoping to complete a domestic double before switching his attention to Barca. "It's a special final because Juventus haven't won this trophy for a long time," he stated.
"I'll focus on tomorrow's game and try to win, then we'll shift our attentions to the match on June 6, but there's still a long way to go before you can talk about a possible treble. W
hat's important is maintaining our will to win and celebrate, because that's been the driving force behind our success over these past few years."