Thursday August 6 2020
Bonucci: 'Juventus energy fundamental'

Leonardo Bonucci believes Juventus will go up a gear after being able to train for a week and prepare for Lyon in the Champions League. ‘The energy and adrenaline will be fundamental.’

The first leg ended 1-0 for the French side in February and the decider is behind closed doors in Turin on Friday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

“All of us can make the difference in these games, as individuals by helping the team,” said the defender in his press conference.

“The energy and adrenaline in the dressing room will be fundamental and I am convinced we’ll see the right enthusiasm from every member of the squad.”

The Bianconeri won the Scudetto, but have still been strongly criticised by many who will declare this season a flop if they don’t also take the Champions League.

“We have to just focus on ourselves and not listen to what is said outside these walls. We are in good shape, we achieved our main objective, which was the Scudetto, and now we’re fired up ready to play tomorrow.”

Juventus have conceded more goals than any Scudetto winner in decades and struggled to keep clean sheets, particularly in their recent outings.

“I think the Juve seen after the lockdown put in some good performances, mixed in with others where concentration levels dropped and we struggled.

“Playing so many games in quick succession can take a lot out of you. We managed to train this week, which is something we hadn’t done for a long time, and we’ll give 100 per cent.”

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