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Wednesday June 5 2013
Bonucci believes in Euro Juve

Leonardo Bonucci believes a reinforced Juventus will be able to challenge for the Champions League title next season.

The Old Lady have won the Scudetto over the last two campaigns, but their European Cup dream ended in the last eight against eventual winners Bayern Munich earlier this year.

“The big clubs are all strengthening,” the defender noted. “Even Bayern, who are already very strong, have signed great champions.

“But the best team doesn’t always win. Sometimes you just have to be able to take your chances.

“This season we met the best team, Bayern, in the last eight, while finalists Borussia Dortmund played Malaga and won at the end with an offside goal.

“For the time being, we in Italy need to count on sacrifice, hard work and on ideas. But Juve have a good base, a great Coach and they’ll know how to improve during this transfer session.”

Juve are being linked with a host of players, especially in attack, and Bonucci is happy with the names being mentioned.

“Stevan Jovetic is a great player, he’s shown at Fiorentina this year that he can make the difference and he would be certainly welcomed if he arrived.

“Perhaps we are missing a top player, someone who can decide the game for you in an instant. There were times when, especially against the smaller clubs, we struggled to break the deadlock.

“Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain or Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez? More Higuain.”

The Bianconeri are also being paired with a move for Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna.

“I’ve known him for a long time,” the Italian international added. “He’s a good guy and a very good player.

“He’s improved a lot over these years and it is only right that Juve are looking at him. If we want to improve we need 23 first team players.”

The stopper also expects Claudio Marchisio to remain amid reports that French side Monaco are planning a bid.

“He’s a world class player and if he’s wanted then it is because he’s a great champion, but I think it would be hard to get rid of a player who will become a Juve flag-bearer.”

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