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13 Jan 2013

Bonucci: “We need to rediscover our edge”

“Lazio and Napoli are on our heels, but we still have an advantage and require hunger and humility to increase the gap again”

One point in two games. 2013 has not started the way the Bianconeri would have wanted. However, Leonardo Bonucci insists that there is a big difference between last Sunday’s defeat and today’s draw at the Tardini, and not just because of the result: “Against Sampdoria we had the wrong approach in the second half and it was an important lesson for us,” he explained. “Today we were more careful, but that’s football for you: there are times when you don’t get the results and don’t come away with the points. Now we have to concentrate more and rediscover our edge because Lazio and Napoli are on our heels. But we still have an advantage and require hunger and humility to increase the gap again.”

The last few goals have come from the left side of defence, prompting many to point the finger at Chiellini’s absence. Bonucci added: “Giorgio is an essential part of the team but those who have deputised for him are doing a good job. It’s just bad luck: today they did well to hit us on the break on one occasion, whereas against Sampdoria, it happened twice.”