Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said his team’s stunning performance and the Champions League quarter-final exit from Barcelona would leave the rest of the European teams fearful of facing the champions of Italy.
Juventus, who won the Champions League final two years ago when they beat him 3-0 last week in Turin, and then drew a draw in the Nou Camp to reach the semi-finals for the 12th time in their history.
Juventus have instilled terror in the hearts of others and now our goal is to qualify for the final, “Bonucci told reporters after helping his team maintain a clean sheet for the second time against Barcelona attackers.
“We showed strength and unity, we have faith in ourselves, because scoring three goals against Barcelona and keeping our nets clean shows that we have a great team.
“This team deserves commendation because of our way in every match, whether we play against Barcelona or Pescara,” said the Italian defender, who has scored twice in 10 Champions League matches. “This is another step in the maturity of this team and now every competitor will be worried about Juventus.”
Juventus have dominated the domestic league since 2011-2012 and are on their way to the sixth consecutive title in the Serie A, although their continental record is not good, winning only the club’s top two titles in 1985 and 1996. The leader, Gianluigi Buffon, The winner of the title five times the signal of his team’s willingness to take another step forward.
“We started to mature a few years ago and we need to continue,” said the veteran Italian goalkeeper.
“It can not stop after this victory, it’s up to us and our fate is in our hands.” When it comes to who wins the title, fate will play a role in that too.