Chiellini admires Suarez for biting him at 2014 World Cup

Italy center-back Giorgio Chiellini says he respects Uruguay forward Luis Suarez for biting him during the 2014 World Cup in Germany.

Suarez famously chomped on the veteran defender’s shoulder as part of an acrimonious group-stage affair that saw Italy exit the tournament courtesy of a late Diego Godin goal.

“Malice is part of football, I wouldn’t call it illegitimate. To get past a rival, you have to be smart,” an excerpt from Chiellini’s new book, “Io, Giorgio,” read, according to Reuters.

“I admire his cunning,” the Juventus star continued. “If he lost it, he’d become an ordinary forward.”