Monday January 16 2012
Bonucci stands up for Juve

Leonardo Bonucci has defended his Juventus teammates after their 1-1 draw against Cagliari on Sunday.

The Old Lady moved clear at the top of the standings thanks to Milan’s loss against Inter last night, but their failure to beat the Sardinian outfit has been highlighted by critics.

“We’re top and we’re alone up there,” the defender wrote on his official website on Monday afternoon.

“I wanted to start with that phrase because I’ve heard a lot of criticism aimed at us because we didn’t win.

“I, however, want to remind everyone that we are in first place and we are unbeaten.

“It’s obvious that winning would have been best, but we’ll take this draw and we’ll look to the future with optimism and faith.

“We face Atalanta next and it’ll be a battle like against Cagliari. We have just one requirement and that is to try to win the game.”

The Old Lady, who are a point clear of Milan, have now gone 18 games without defeat. That is their longest unbeaten start to a campaign and surpasses the achievement of the 1949-50 side.

Oddly, all of Juve’s home draws this season have come against sides whose clubs colours are Rossoblu – Bologna, Genoa and Cagliari.