Leonardo Bonucci believes the Bianconeri’s approach to dealing with the threat of an unbeaten Roma side was the secret behind this evening’s comprehensive 3-0 victory at Juventus Stadium.
The defender claims Antonio Conte’s decision to deploy his troops in a deeper-lying setup ultimately proved key to keeping Rudi Garcia’s early front-runners at bay.
Speaking to the media in Turin, Bonucci said: “We knew that giving Roma room to attack could be dangerous. Normally we press high up the pitch with plenty of aggression, whilst today the manager did well to pull us back 30 metres. We’ve dominated in previous years, this time we allowed them to play, but took very few risks and let our goals do the talking.”
On the subject of goals, the 26-year-old’s second of the game, scored in the opening stages of the restart, provided the Bianconeri with a perfect platform from which to go on and secure all three points.
Commenting on his strike, he added: “I usually like to attack the near post and perhaps they expected that particular movement. When I saw Castan in front of me I decided to change my approach and thankfully it paid off.”
With tonight’s success opening up the gap at the top to eight points, Juventus will be buoyed with confidence when they travel to Sardinia for Sunday afternoon’s meeting with Cagliari.
But Bonucci poured cold water on suggestions the team could rest on their laurels, instead electing to issue a rallying cry for continued intensity right until the end of the campaign.
“There’s still a long way to go in this season’s Serie A championship. We know we need to keep on as we are and immediately turn our attentions to Sunday’s clash with Cagliari.”