Saturday December 21 2019
Bonucci: 'Perfect Juve with Lazio'

Leonardo Bonucci warned they need “the perfect Juventus” performance to beat Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana. “We want another trophy for Christmas.”

It kicks off in Riyadh on Sunday at 16.45 GMT and is the Italian version of the Charity Shield, between Scudetto winners and Coppa Italia holders.

The Bianconeri suffered just one defeat all season, a 3-1 result away to Lazio on December 7.

“That game taught us that incidents can be really decisive,” said Bonucci in today’s press conference.

“We’re well aware that Lazio are in great shape, but we too are coming off a run of positive performances and results, so we’re confident as well.

“Our initial objective is to do better than the last time we played Lazio, where we allowed them too many scoring opportunities. A win here would increase our enthusiasm and confidence, so we hope to go into the Christmas break with another trophy on the mantelpiece.”

Ciro Immobile is Capocannoniere in Serie A with 17 goals in 16 games, but also two in four Europa League appearances.

“He has scored many goals, he works for the team and we know him well from the Italy squad. Immobile is very good at attacking the space, but Lazio are much more than just Immobile and play with their own identity. We need a perfect Juventus to beat them,” continued Bonucci.

“We’ve got to move as a unit to limit the through runs of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Immobile. We changed our way of playing under Maurizio Sarri, so we’re not quite there yet, but are doing well.

“It does irritate us that we’re conceding so many goals and many are down to individual errors, others part of a growth process with this new approach. We know that we have to improve.”