Wednesday September 19 2018
Bonucci: 'Juve stronger than obstacles'

Leonardo Bonucci stood by Cristiano Ronaldo after the odd red card against Valencia, but Juventus “proved we are a great team despite the obstacles.”

The Bianconeri were down to 10 men after a very harsh Ronaldo dismissal, but still emerged 2-0 at the Mestalla thanks to a pair of Miralem Pjanic penalties.

“We proved that we are a team, a great team, despite the obstacles that were presented during the game,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We brought home a victory that is fundamental for the whole season.”

The turning point inevitably came after 29 minutes, when Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for seemingly tugging Jeison Murillo’s hair.

“As far as I could see, it was a pretty normal clash. Murillo put his hands on Ronaldo first, he reacted, but these things can happen and we must be stronger than everyone and everything.

“Ronaldo was angry, of course. The referee saw what he saw – not very well – and we overcame the obstacles.

“We must continue being a team and personally I’ll keep trying to give my best on the field and off it.”