Bonucci

As reported by the official website, speaking to Jtv ahead of the big game on Wednesday #BayernJuve, Leonardo Bonucci began:

“It will be a tremendous battle and we go to Munich full of enthusiasm and determination to reach the next round. We’re fully aware of how strong Bayern are, but they also possess a few weak points which we’ll look to exploit.”

“No doubt about it, we started the first leg in completely the wrong fashion. It had nothing to do with what formation we were playing, we knew that we had to give more. We confronted one another face to face and took it upon ourselves to come out fighting and, from that point onwards, we saw the true Juventus once more.”

“Facts such as these [Gianluigi Buffon is just four minutes away from breaking an all-time Serie A record for the length of time without conceding a goal (923)] fill us with pride and, furthermore, prove how Gigi is the number one goalkeeper in the history of football,”

“We’re used to seeing our strikers win back possession on the edge of our penalty area to kick-start fresh attacks. This means that everyone is doing their part from a defensive perspective.”

“Daniele [Rugani] can rest assured that he has the potential to become a key member of the backline in years to come. People criticised his performance in the Coppa Italia against Inter, but in truth it was the whole team that failed to turn up that day and we were fortunate to take the tie to a penalty shootout and ultimately reach the final. Now our objective is to go to Rome and defend our cup, as there’s still space in the trophy cabinet!”

He concluded: “This year is undoubtedly more competitive [Serie A], which is something that drives us on to play to the very best of our abilities. The teams in the chasing pack play very good football, especially Napoli, Fiorentina and Roma, who have improved markedly and regained self-belief since the return of Luciano Spalletti.”