Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci admits their latest title victory was ‘the most difficult’ of their nine-season run after claiming the players struggled at times to interpret Maurizio Sarri’s philosophy.
The Bianconeri ensured their title-winning run continued with a 2-0 win over 10-man Sampdoria after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi.
Juve have now won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri and Sarri after completing a league season lasting 11 months due to the three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus lockdown.
Leonardo Bonucci has admitted Juventus’ latest title has been the ‘most difficult’ to win
The centre-back admitted they had struggled to interpret Maurizio Sarri’s philisophy at times
But Bonucci insisted their latest Serie A triumph was the most pleasing of all because of all the struggles the club have had to endure on and off the field at various points in the season.
‘It was the most beautiful title, because it was the most difficult,’ the 33-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.
‘We started a new era, a new philosophy, ran into so many difficulties, but we continued to give our all throughout, even when there were so many slip-ups.
‘It was so complicated outside the field too, the world changed in three months. We had to get our minds back on it, but we did it. We wanted it, we suffered.’
Cristiano Ronaldo was among the goalscorers as Juventus beat Sampdoria to clinch the title
And Bonucci said it was the most ‘beautiful’ title win due to the on and off-the-field challenges
The Italy international also dedicated the win to those who had lost their lives to the virus.
‘I have no words. We gave everything to ensure that we would do this for us, for the club, for the fans who cheered us on from home, or from heaven.
‘We wanted to celebrate with those who weren’t able to be here with us. When you wear this jersey, you cannot hold back. It has been an intense year.’
He added: ‘We struggled at times to interpret the coach’s philosophy, but we remained a team, we worked as great men more than great players. Now we’ll try to rest over the next 10 days and then prepare for the next challenge.’
They have two league fixtures remaining, against Cagliari and Roma, before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. They trail Lyon 1-0.
The 33-year-old also dedicated the win to those who had lost their lives to coronavirus
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