In a long interview for the Juventus official website, Leonardo Bonucci spoke about the Juventus current moment and before the last game of the UCL group in Sevilla. Here are his words:
“We looked at ourselves in the mirror and we all agreed that this couldn’t be the real Juventus that people were seeing on the pitch. We realised that we would only get out of the rut we were in as a team and that there was no longer any time to lose.”
“We put our pride on the shelf and beating Torino in the fashion that we did in the last minute demonstrated that you must fight for every ball right until the final whistle.”
“Our compactness at the back is thanks to the boss as well as the team as a whole for running the hard yards and working for each other. The 3-5-2 formation that we’re using at the moment gives you a defensive base from which to build and that allows our more creative players to attack with confidence at the other end.”
“We’re on a great run but we need to keep our feet on the ground and ensure we continue this winning feeling. There are two league games between now and the winter break and a victory in each of them would stand us in great stead in January when the action kicks off again.”
“Napoli play such an energetic and intensive style which can be difficult to maintain week in week out. Inter (who returned to the Serie A summit following a 1-0 victory over Genoa on Saturday night) have impressed me with their defensive solidity and the fact that they are winning so many games 1-0 is testament to their resilience.”
“We have to go there and focus only on our own result. Finishing top of the standings could give us a favourable draw in the first knockout round and for that reason we have to come back with a positive result on Tuesday night.”
“In Europe, we’re perhaps not quite at the level of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but, with a touch of luck, our usual discipline and a few moments of magic from our younger players, we can make our mark on the Champions League again this season.”
“They are very different players when you look at them. Carlos Tevez was the focal point of our team, while Paulo Dybala is only 22 years of age. He has immense quality and he’ll only continue to blossom if he’s given the space to grow. I have no doubt that he will be a key part of this Juventus side for a long time to come.
“We’re really lucky to have four strikers with such diverse attributes at our disposal and that gives the boss great flexibility in his team selection. (Mario) Mandzukic and Dybala are in great form at the moment but we’ve also got (Simone) Zaza and (Alvaro) Morata waiting in the wings.
“We haven’t seen Alvaro Morata at his best yet this season. If it wasn’t for him though, we would not have got to the Champions League final last year. With a bit of calm and with all our support, he will be banging the goals in again soon.”
“Buffon is, well, Buffon! He is in stunning form at the moment, helped by the trust that we all have in him. He’s a role model for the entire squad.”
“It’s fantastic having such a relatively young man at the top of the club because he is always in touch and he understands us as people. His proximity to the players has always been vital in our lean spells. I wish Andrea Agnelli a very happy birthday!”