Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bonucci: Rivals should fear Juventus

The 26-year-old defender is bullish about his side's chances of winning a third successive Serie A title, arguing that some of the likely challengers are in transition periods.

Leonardo Bonucci says that Juventus does not fear anyone and that it is the club's rivals who should be afraid of the two-time reigning Italian champion.

The 26-year-old defender feels that although his side has a tough start to the campaign, the Bianconeri are in a far stronger position than some of their expected challengers ahead of the new season.

“It’s better to face the big teams early, because they’re teams in transition, while we’re already a well-oiled machine," Bonucci told the club's official website. "We’re the champions of Italy; if anything it’s the others who should be fearful of us.”

The arrival of Angelo Ogbonna from Torino has increased the competition for places in the Juve defense, and Bonucci is well aware that he will have to fight to retain his starting berth this season.

“I’ll have to give 100 percent, because with the coach [Antonio Conte] being as he is, it wouldn’t take much for him drop me if I had the slightest dip in form," Bonucci said. "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 [Carlos] Tevez and [Fernando] Llorente.”

Bonucci moved to the Turin giant from Bari in 2010 and will be looking to win a third straight Serie A title this season.