Leonardo Bonucci says the Bianconeri will need to maintain their hunger for success if they are to be in with a shout of lifting silverware come the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Speaking from the team’s pre-season training camp in California, the 26-year-old began: “When you take to the field in the black and white stripes you have the duty to give all you’ve got and chase success. We want to start well against Lazio in the Super Cup and then keep it going in the championship.
“The fixture list? It’s better to face the big teams early because they’re teams in transition, while we’re already a well-oiled machine. We’re the champions of Italy, if anything it’s the others who should be fearful of us.”
The Azzurri international believes new arrival Angelo Ogbonna will prove a useful addition to the league’s strongest rearguard and believes his qualities will ensure the entire defence remain on their toes throughout a competitive campaign.
He concluded: “I’ll have to give 100 per cent, because with the manager being as he is, it wouldn’t take much for him drop me if I had the slightest dip in form. A player like Angelo is good for both the entire team and the defensive unit as a whole. He’ll be able to give us a great deal over the course of the year, just like Tevez and Llorente.”