Juventus central defender Leonardo Bonucci was visibly frustrated and saddened during the post-match interview as a disastrous season came to a close with the Bianconeri failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League following their 1-0 defeat to Milan on Turin soil.
A superb Olivier Giroud header into the bottom-right corner in courtesy of a fascinating delivery from full-back Davide Calabria within the 40th minute was enough for the Rossoneri to seal all three points and secure a spot within the top four.
Just as it seemed like the campaign could not have gotten any worse for Juventus following their ten-point deduction as a result of the capital-gains case, the Old Lady possess 59 points, one point behind fifth-placed Roma who hold the final Europa League spot.
While speaking to DAZN, as relayed by TuttoJuve, the Juventus veteran expressed his anger and thoughts in regards to this year’s daunting and disconcerting season:
Allegri said he thanked the team because he wouldn’t wish a year like this on anyone.
“As Tek also said in the last few interviews, we compacted ourselves in the difficulties and I must say that the group came up with some values that allowed us to reach 69 points. Entering the field last Monday after the beating of the semifinal lost in the Europa League and with the penalty points, it wasn’t easy and unfortunately it was an important crossroads, even if we lost many points along the way. But I agree with the coach, because it’s a good group, there’s a good mix, everyone is they are busy trying to achieve the goals that Juventus deserve. We are sorry and disappointed for this particular season, but unfortunately this is football, we have to accept it and look ahead, it is useless to feel sorry for ourselves, because in the end we lacked that extra bit of luck that could have changed the season”.
We see you sad, as captain we imagine how many responsibilities and pressures you too have taken on, like the coach.
“Yes, I’m sad, sorry and disappointed because these last few seasons haven’t been up to the standards Juventus and you know how much I care about this (to Barzagli, ed), how much I care about conveying what Juventus means. This year we have encountered difficulties on and off the field, never experienced before. Unfortunately, for me, the season was difficult, but I tried to give my contribution. Sometimes I was successful, sometimes not, I tried to always be present with the team, but at Juventus when you don’t reach your goals, even minimal ones, you can’t be satisfied or happy, today is a tough day. that’s how it goes today.”
We hypothesize the arrival of a new sporting director, a change of technical guide. What direction should Juventus take?
“It’s not my job to say which direction Juventus will take, there are people in charge of doing it, we and I in the first place, we have to take the field and give everything because at Juventus you can’t spend two years as they have been without lifting trophies, this that’s the biggest regret. Then there’s a good group, some will stay, others will go, also on the basis of what will happen in society. There are young people, even the more experienced, it will be up to them to decide who to focus on next year “.
Julian Faustini Ι GIFN