Tuesday March 12 2019
Bonucci: 'Juve respond on the pitch'

Leonardo Bonucci said Juventus “always respond on the pitch and have a great Coach leading us into the Champions League quarter-finals” after beating Atletico Madrid 3-0.

The Bianconeri lost the first leg 2-0 and hosted a team that had never lost such a big lead, but turned it around to win 3-0 on the night with a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, 3-2 on aggregate.

“This is a great night for the Juventus population. Many things were said, both after that game and over the last few days, but Juve always respond on the pitch,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We had four chances and put three of them in. They did the same in the first leg, having two chances and scoring both.

“We put our cojones into this match. Atleti were missing players, but so were we, and Leonardo Spinazzola put in a great performance in an incredible atmosphere. The Stadium crowd really was our 12th man tonight.”

Max Allegri deserves praise for shaking things up and orchestrating this remarkable comeback.

“Everything that was said hit us on a human level and that brought more out of us. Our tactical approach was to push down the flanks with Spinazzola and Cancelo, keeping their full-backs deep.

“We have a great Coach who is leading us into the quarter-finals. We know this is football, people can’t wait for you to make a mistake, but the Coach and team are big enough to shrug that off.

“It wasn’t easy, but we completed the comeback. It’s a boost of adrenaline that will push us on to June 1.”

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