Leonardo Bonucci admits tough season: ‘Struggled to understand Sarri’

Juventus clinched their ninth consecutive Serie A title on Sunday after beating Sampdoria 2-0. Star defender Leonardo Bonucci admits that this was the ‘most difficult’ title of the club’s nine year run as the team had difficulties understanding the philosophy of their new coach Maurizio Sarri.

“It was the most beautiful title, because it was the most difficult,” Bonucci 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.”

Bonucci admits the three month break due to the corona virus pandemic did not help Juventus in their hunt for the title. “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.”

“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.

“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.”