Despite having packed trophy cabinets, Italy’s two veteran defenders are still out to prove they can compete at the highest level.
Giorgio Chiellini, who turns 37 next month, and 34-year-old Leonardo Bonucci are the backbone of a rock-solid Italy defence at this year’s European Championship.
Their next assignment will be to stop Spain on Tuesday in the semifinals at Wembley Stadium.
“It’s been a number of years now that it’s been said that they’re the best center back pairing in world football,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said Monday.
“Their strength is that they want to prove that that is still the case match in, match out and I think that’s very important for a player, to prove that they are the best in their position with every game that passes.”
Chiellini and Bonucci have been at the heart of the defense for Italy’s national team and Juventus for much of the past…