22.04.2015 23:46 - in: Champions League S

    Bonucci: "The dream goes on"

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    The Italy centre-back is refusing to settle for a last-four spot and insists Juve have what it takes to go toe to toe with any of Europe's top sides.

    Leonardo Bonucci says that Juve must keep raising the bar as they prepare for a tantalising semi-final encounter against one of the best teams in Europe, insisting they must not simply settle for coming this far.

    The Bianconeri came through a tough night at the Stade Louis II but dug deep to draw with Monaco and seal a Champions League semi-final berth.

    After the match, Bonucci told journalists: "Obviously the biggest positive tonight is that we're into the semi-finals but we mustn't think that's it now. We have to believe in ourselves and keep dreaming. We could have done better tonight but we can't rule anything out. We just have to show more belief."

    The defender was frank enough to admit that Juve came up short in certain areas this evening.

    "We lacked a bit of courage and confidence today. Technically we made lots of mistakes and we had a bit of luck go our way. It wasn't easy to play against Monaco though. They have some excellent individuals and are superb defensively.

    "We knew that once we reached the quarter-finals it was all down to us. Now we have to tackle the semi-final head on. This is where it starts to get interesting and we have to keep dreaming."

    There are of course no weak sides at the semi-final stage. This is how Leo analysed Juve's potential opponents: "Obviously there are three top teams in the semis but Juve are capable of matching them.

    "Bayern went and crushed Porto after losing the first leg. They're a magnificent side but they haven't become that overnight.

    "Then of course Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the biggest sides in European football as well.

    "Whoever we get, we'll make sure we're totally focused on the task and put on our best display."


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