Chiellini was speaking after the Azzurri's 5-0 thrashing of Faroe Islands.
â€śI think Iâ€™m a leader of the defence. Perhaps you canâ€™t tell from the stands or the television, but those on the field know,â€ť he told RAI.
â€śThe important thing is to create a team unit that has several leaders. We all get on great and have a strong rapport, so everyone is ready to work for their teammates.â€ť
The Euro 2012 qualifier at the Stadio Franchi represented Italyâ€™s first clean sheet after conceding 10 goals in seven games.
â€śItâ€™s nice every now and then for us defenders not to work too hard! It was important to get off to a strong start and get the result safe, as it made life easier for ourselves.
â€śWe admittedly took our foot off the gas after a while, but that was to be expected.â€ť