The Old Lady may have progressed through to the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, but the 28-year-old had some harsh words to describe his side’s performance against the Nerazzurri
Leonardo Bonucci labelled Juventus’ performance against Inter in their Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on Wednesday as one of the worst since he joined the Italian giants.
Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Juve were left stunned at San Siro in the reverse fixture as Inter levelled the tie at 3-3, before forcing the Old Lady into a penalty shootout.
However, Juventus managed to survive Inter’s valiant fightback to come good in the end, winning the shootout 5-3 after Rodrigo Palacio missed a decisive spot-kick.
But Bonucci – who scored the winning penalty – was not happy with Juventus’ display, telling the club’s official website: “We made life very difficult for ourselves. Inter had nothing to lose and threw everything at us from the first minute.
“As for us, we approached the match in the wrong manner and as much as I hate to say it, this was one of the worst performances I’ve seen since joining the club.
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“Ultimately, we rode our luck to get to penalties and luckily we put them all away. As everyone knows, it’s a lottery.”
Bonucci’s defensive partner Andrea Barzagli echoed those comments and suggested Juve must do some soul-searching after being taught a lesson by Roberto Mancini’s men.
“We have to re-evaluate everything to get back to our best,” he told Juventus TV. “A team like ours, that aspires to win on all fronts, shouldn’t give away a game like this.
“Let’s give credit to Inter, but we can do better.
“We’re happy to have extended our season, it was our objective at the start of the season and this match will serve as a lesson for us.”