Mourning Astori – Chiellini struggles with tears
The Champions League match against Tottenham is an emotional rollercoaster ride for Giorgio Chiellini. The Juve defender mourns the loss of Davide Astori.
The mourning for Davide Astori, who died suddenly last Sunday, was omnipresent. The second leg of the last 16 in the Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus Turin (1-2) was marked on Wednesday evening by a remembrance of the captain of AC Florence. During the minute of silence for the captain of the AC Florence, who died on Sunday, there was a haunting silence in the crowded arena.
Juve was the first Serie A team to play a mandatory match after the sudden death of the 31-year-old. The players stood with their eyes closed, Giorgio Chiellini struggled with tears, Juve fans held photos of Astori in their hands.
“When you close your eyes and think about what happened, it’s really hard,” said Chiellini afterwards,”I hope I can keep what Davide meant to us, his smile that he brought to the team and that is now missing,” Juventus Turin’s team will pay their last respects to Astori on Thursday and that will be a difficult day,”said Chiellini.
Chiellini was close friends with the former captain of the Fiorentina. The pair also played for the Italian national team for six years.
31-year-old Astori was found dead in his hotel room last Sunday before the match at Udinese Calcio. Afterwards, the public prosecutor’s office initiated the investigation of unknown persons. However, there had not been any signs of debt from the outset.