Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini admits he has been ‘struck’ by the meticulous ways of new boss Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri replaced Max Allegri as Juve’s Coach earlier in the summer, and he has made a positive first impression on Chiellini, who turned 35 yesterday.

“What’s struck me is how meticulous he is in his approach, in all the things he does,” he told JTV.

“We could say that he is meticulous at the highest levels because he always seeks perfection. I think that’s what struck me the most about him.”

The Bianconeri’s preseason has been mixed, with defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid but a penalties victory over Inter…

“This group are still in training mode,” warned the defender.

“We’re trying to get to grips with the demands of our Coach. There are some new faces and we must surely get going.

“We have 10 days left, our last friendly before the start of the season on Saturday will be important. After that, we must start to get serious.

“This team have always given answers when they’ve needed to, but now it’ll be necessary to change gear.

“We must be aware that, as of next week, we must change it up a bit because we’ll be starting to get serious.”

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