Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini took aim at the Republic of Ireland players after Italy's friendly defeat last night.

The Azzurri fell 2-0 in an international friendly hosted by the Belgian city of Liege.

"It's a shame. Ireland did pretty much nothing throughout and scored on a set play and on the counter," moaned the Juventus defender.

"I still can't understand how we managed to lose 2-0 after that performance from both sides.

"With a little more grit and determination, what we had on Friday against Estonia, it would've ended a very different way.

"All due respect to Ireland, but they haven't got much quality in this side and it irritates me to have lost against them."

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