Chris Smalling reveals he would have done what Chiellini did to Saka if he was in the same position as the Italian
Chris Smalling has broke his silence on England’s Euro 2020 campaign after the Three Lions missed the ultimate, losing to Italy on penalties.
And when quizzed about the incident that happened between Juventus defender Chiellini and forward Saka, Smalling disclosed ‘he would have done the same thing’ should he have been in the defenders role but admitted it was horrible to see as an England fan.
The Italian pulled the shirt of Bukayo Saka to stop a dangerous counter attack in the late stages of the game as Italy when on the win the European Championship on penalty shootout.
Sharing his thoughts on the game to The Telegraph, Smalling said:
“To see that as an England fan was horrible, but had the roles been reversed, had I been there in Chiellini’s place I would have done the same thing. It’s thanks to them (Bonucci and Chiellini) that they were able to manage that situation, helping the much younger teammates.”
The ex Manchester United defender is set to reunite with former boss Jose Mourinho after the pair flourished at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018 and is more determined that the Portuguese presence would yeild success for Roma.
“Last time we worked together (from 2016 to 2018) we won a number of trophies so I hope we can do the same here this season.”
Jose Mourinho joined Roma in May after he was relieved of his duties as Tottenham’s boss and with him leading the Italian club, there has been suggestions that, he could sanction the sale of the defender.
However, Smalling’s comment affirms that he is ready to work with the Portuguese tactician after being linked with an exit from the Roman club.