Sunday January 5 2014
Bonucci: 'Juve were intelligent'

Leonardo Bonucci explained Juventus “dominated Roma” 3-0 with a “humble and intelligent performance.”

The defender scored the second goal by turning in an Andrea Pirlo free kick at the back post. He celebrated by putting the ball under his shirt to mark his wife’s pregnancy.

“I usually attack the near post, but I stayed back and Andrea did well to place the ball there. The baby is expected on May 19,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.

“We knew we had to take control on our turf to keep the top of the table. Despite sitting a little deeper than usual to avoid Roma counter-attacks, we still scored three goals and got an important victory.

“It was an intelligent performance, as we couldn’t let Roma make the most of their main strength, which is the pace of players like Gervinho and Adem Ljajic on the counter.”

Bonucci also snapped at the Giallorossi trash-talking over the past few weeks leading up to the game.

“We let Roma talk and we did our talking on the pitch. In recent years when Roma have come to the Juventus Stadium we dominated them and it proved to be the case this time too.

“Big clubs are built on strong defences, which is what we tried to do today. We were humble and waited rather than pouring forward to leave big gaps for Roma to run into.”

This was the Bianconeri’s 10th consecutive victory, so what do they have now that they did not last season?

“We have one more year of experience and the Coach always drills into us the hunger to win, which we maintain despite two consecutive Scudetti. We want to continue this run of victories and win a third straight title.”

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