Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 defeat to Bayern Munich was tough to take for anyone of a Bianconero persuasion, but with this Sunday’s Derby Della Mole against Torino, Juventus have the opportunity to put the disappointment well and truly behind them.
Sharing his post-Munich and pre-Toro thoughts with the Sky Sports Italia cameras this afternoon, this was exactly the view of Leonardo Bonucci two days after Juve’s European exit and just as many before the resumption of their title push.
For Leo, while last season’s finalists were worthy of a place in today’s draw for the last eight based on their performance alone at the Allianz Arena, their midweek reverse will only serve as inspiration for the remainder of the campaign that still may yield a second consecutive domestic double.
Beginning with a final look back to Wednesday’s action, he began, “Our performance was one of a top team and based on that, we deserved to be in the last eight of the Champions League. Matches like that are always likely to swing on one single moment and that’s what happened in Munich. In football, these things happen and you have to move on.
“It’s important now that we keep focused on the improvements we’ve made recently on all fronts. The Juve of last season was one founded on experience and but this one is built on genuine quality and we are only likely to grow further.
“Losing was a tough blow to take but a necessary one for our development as a team. I was proud to be a Juventus player at full-time; even if we were eliminated, our attitude was first class.”