Saturday May 26 2012
Bonucci: 'Italy can rely on Juve'

Leonardo Bonucci is confident the Juventus defensive block will remain solid at Euro 2012, as “the Coppa Italia Final was just a blip.”

The Bianconeri won the Scudetto and have the strongest back line in Serie A this season, conceding only 20 goals, so form the basis of Cesare Prandelli’s Italy line-up.

“We at Juve were impatient to reach the Nazionale and got here earlier than the deadline,” Bonucci told Tuttosport.

“After an extraordinary season with the Juve jersey, I hope to be part of the final squad of 23 and maybe even play alongside my teammates on international duty. It is only right that the Coach confirms the system that worked well in qualifying, though.”

Juventus were unbeaten in all competition until the last game, losing the Coppa Italia Final 2-0 to Napoli.

“It was tough to lose, but we still have within us a great desire to win. We are just at the start and certainly haven’t been sated by the Scudetto.

“Prandelli did great work in training, giving Italy a style of football, a code of ethics and created a team in his image.”

Bonucci was often criticised by the fans and media for his performances since moving to Turin.

“It was certainly tough to go from a small club like Bari to Juventus, as the first mistake can be fatal. I had the faith of the Coach and the contract was renewed during my moment of greatest difficulty, so they really helped me.”

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