Chicco Evani has hailed Federico Chiesa as one of the best in Europe for his ‘deadly’ changes of direction, while speaking with TuttoMercatoWEB, amid interest from Liverpool.
Evani, who is Roberto Mancini’s number two for the Italian national side, worked closely with Chiesa at Euro 2020. The winger was among the stars of the tournament as he helped the Azzurri beat England in the Wembley final.
Chiesa had already introduced himself to the Wembley crowd in the Last 16 after coming off the bench and breaking the deadlock against Austria. The 23-year-old controlled Leonardo Spinazzola’s long ball at the back post, dispatched Stefan Lainer and rifled into the corner.
Chiesa’s technique was wonderful and his ability to control his nerves in a vital moment was impressive. Potentially so much so that Liverpool lodged an £86m bid for Chiesa earlier this month, per La Repubblica. However, Juventus swiftly rejected the Reds’ club-record offer.
Evani has now added further praise to Chiesa’s name for his technique amid Liverpool’s interest in the Juventus star. Adding that he expects the forward will also only get better.
“In the years to come, he will be even stronger” Evani said. “He has deadly jerks, he changes the game like few in Europe. When he accelerates, you don’t keep up with him. He shoots well with both feet, [and] he has speedy technique.”
Evani voices Klopp’s thoughts amid Liverpool interest in Juventus star Chiesa
Evani appears to have voiced Jurgen Klopp’s thoughts on Chiesa, as La Repubblica add the Liverpool boss believes the Juventus sensation is perfect for his 4-3-3 system at Anfield.
Chiesa’s quick direction changes and ability to score with either foot would see him fair well out wide on Merseyside. The £57,000-per-week dynamo is also able to play on either wing, as well as deeper wide midfield roles. And better for Klopp, he scores from anywhere.
Over Chiesa’s 43 appearances across all competitions for Juventus last season, Andrea Pirlo fielded the Liverpool target 24 times on the left and 14 times on the right. He even featured at striker once, the only position in which the forward failed to score or assist.
Of his 14 goals and 10 assists in total, six goals – including a brace against Porto in the Last 16 of the Champions League – and six assists came on the left. He produced seven goals – including a brace against AC Milan – and three assists from the right, meanwhile.