Leonardo Bonucci saw ‘the soul’ of this Juventus squad in their 2-0 win over Roma and assured his injury is nothing serious.
The Bianconeri have won 10 out of their 11 competitive games played in 2021 and this result allowed them to climb into third place with a game in hand.
They did the bare minimum required, scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo and a Roger Ibanez own goal.
“These are the games where the soul of this group emerges,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.
“We knew Roma would keep a lot of the ball, try to spread us and move it around a lot. We knew it’d be tough and we needed the spirit of sacrifice to soak up pressure, then hit them when we needed to.”
The lone loss in this calendar year was 2-0 away to Inter in Serie A.
“I think in the Inter game that was our worst possible performance. The men in this group gave their response, so did the coach, by uniting everyone and leaving the outside world behind.
“The great fortune we had was being able to immediately get back on the pitch a few days after that, as we could put it all behind us and get right back on track.
“Now we have a game in hand and we’ll be up there.”
Bonucci went off with a muscular problem, but assured it’s under control.
“I felt this twinge before, it’s nothing serious, but seeing as we still had substitutions left, I thought it best to go off as a precaution.”