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    01.10.2013 15:30 - in: Champions League S

    Bonucci eager to push on in Europe

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    The defender expresses the team’s desire to keep moving forward in the Champions League: “We want to improve on last year’s quarter-final finish and we’ll give it everything we’ve got to claim three points tomorrow night”

    Leonardo Bonucci claims the Bianconeri will not be found wanting for desire when they line up against Galatasaray in Wednesday night’s Group B Champions League encounter at Juventus Stadium.

    The defender revealed the team’s determination to improve on last season’s quarter-final finish and right the wrongs of September’s opening day draw with FC Copenhagen by registering their first European victory of the campaign tomorrow evening.

    Speaking to the media in Vinovo, Bonucci began: “Going further than we did in last year’s Champions League is one of our aims for the season, and therefore we’ll be out to claim all three points tomorrow night.

    “We’re aware that we need to improve and each of us has the hunger to keep pushing on. This applies to the president, manager, team and the club as a whole. We have one objective in mind: victory.”

    Tomorrow night will see the 26-year-old and his defensive cohorts pitted against the talents of experienced Ivorian striker Didier Drogba.

    The prolific frontman, who joined Galatasaray in the January transfer window, was instrumental in Chelsea’s Champions League success in 2012, and Bonucci emphasised the need for caution when attempting to put the shackles on his goalscoring threat.   

    “Drogba is one of the best strikers in the world and has gone to Galatasaray with the desire to keep surprising. He inspired Chelsea to Champions League glory and tomorrow we’ll be up against a motivated striker who will want to do well. We’ll need to remain fully alert when playing against him.”

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