West Ham star Collins inspired by Juventus hero Chiellini

TOPSHOT - Juventus' Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini (R) reacts with Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (L) after making an interception during the UEFA Champions League round...

Giorgio Chiellini starred for Juventus on Wednesday night, and West Ham's James Collins was thoroughly impressed.

Juventus' Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini (R) blocks a header from Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (L) during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg...

Juventus hero Giorgio Chiellini was almost immaculate on Wednesday night as the Italian champions knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League - and West Ham defender James Collins reacted on Instagram.

Spurs had been considered favourites to knock Juventus out of the Champions League after their 2-2 draw in Turin, and took the lead through Son Heung-min in the second leg. 

Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth is fouled by James Collins of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on January 20,...

But goals from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain within the space of three minutes saw Juve qualify 4-3 on aggregate. But Massimiliano Allegri will have his defensive rearguard to thank more than anyone.

Chiellini lined-up in defence alongside Mehdi Benatia at centre-back, while Gianluigi Buffon captained the side from between the sticks and Hammers defender Collins was inspired by the Italian giant's impeccable display.

Welsh defender Collins has been in decent form himself this season for the Hammers, leading by example at the back though multiple muscle injuries have seen him feature on a less-than-regular basis.

He missed the dismal 4-1 loss to Swansea City but could return this weekend as the Hammers play host to Burnley at the London Stadium in at match that David Moyes needs to win, with his side only three points above the drop zone.

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