Suarez bite in the past, says Chiellini

The Juventus defender has downplayed suggestions the two are set to renew a personal rivalry in the Champions League final next month

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has downplayed suggestions the rivalry between him and Luiz Suarez will be reignited in the Champions League final.

It will be the first time to two pair off since last year's World Cup, when Suarez bit Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 group-stage victory over Italy in Natal.

But Chiellini says both players have moved on from the incident that left Suarez with a four-month ban from the game.

"I'll face Suarez as a great striker and nothing more, just as I did with all the others: [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale, [Karim] Benzema, Chicharito," Chiellini told Tuttosport .

"Episodes like that in the summer help you mature, for both sides. Even on his part I think there is nothing other than the desire to win the Champions League."

Italian champions Juventus booked a showdown with Barcelona at the showpiece in Berlin on June 6 thanks to a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Wednesday that saw them progress 3-2 aggregate.

The clash will also see former Liverpool striker Suarez go up against Patrice Evra, a player Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing by the English Football Association during a 2011 Premier League game.

Former Juventus defender and Uruguay international Paulo Montero says Suarez should relish the chance to impress against both players.

"For Suarez there will be a motivation to face Evra and Chiellini again," he told AS

"It's his chance, I would suggest, to be cheeky – to lift the cup right in their faces.

"With the way that Suarez is playing, Evra and Chiellini should be very worried."

Suarez has hit 24 goals in 41 appearances, including 6 in 9 Champions League games, since joining Barcelona last summer.