Leonardo Bonucci says the Bianconeri paid the price for a late lapse of concentration as they searched for a winning goal in tonight’s clash with Genoa.
The 1-0 defeat, inflicted via Luca Antonini’s winner in the fourth minute of added time, came on a pitch that prevented Juventus from fully expressing themselves, but Bonucci believes the win should have been wrapped up regardless of the difficult surface.
Speaking at the Luigi Ferraris, the defender began: “That’s football for you. We put in an excellent display in spite of the difficult playing surface and opponents who didn’t give us an inch for 93 and a half minutes. Then, perhaps, we allowed our guard to slip a little as we went all out for the winner.
“The pitch was perhaps one of the worst in Serie A, but we can’t use this as an excuse. We had opportunities but weren’t able to make the most of them.”
Roma’s 2-0 victory over Cesena moves them level with the reigning champions at the summit of the league and Bonucci claims Juventus should have shown the required maturity to come away with a point that would have protected their status as league leaders.
He concluded: “The league isn’t won or lost this evening, but we should have maintained our one-point lead over the Giallorossi. Now we’re back level with them and need to turn tonight into a positive that will help us to show greater maturity.”