Juventus protector Leonardo Bonucci has heaped praise on his previous supervisor Antonio Conte as the set prepare to be reunited on Sunday.
Conte enjoyed a fine period of success at Juventus between 2011-2014, winning three league titles in 3 years and going the entire 2011/12 season unbeaten. The Italian returned to domestic Italian football in May when he was designated Inter manager, and his side currently sit top of Serie A, 2 points above former side Juventus.
Bonucci was an integral part of the Juventus side that controlled Italian football during the previous Chelsea manager’s period as one member of the trademark Conte back 3. He has actually spoken about the pleasures of playing under the Italian ahead of Sunday’s fiercely expected top of the table clash.
In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, Bonucci said: ” What Conte offered me was hunger, the desire to never ever provide in, the mindset that permits you to surpass pain to reach your objectives.
” He drilled that into us from the first day. Conte was ideal for that Juventus: he required a possibility with a huge club and we needed to return to being terrific after Calciopoli. We required somebody like him, who could make us comprehend what it implied to wear that jersey.
This is the first time Conte has actually met Juventus in a competitive fixture considering that he left for the national team job in2014 He will deal with another former Chelsea employer in the opposition dugout, with Maurizio Sarri occupying his old function.
The Juventus manager is famously a relentless tactician, and Bonucci confessed that the squad are still adapting to their brand-new footballing philosophy.
” This season, we defend zonally in space. At the start, we had to overcome some troubles however we’re working well now: our development won’t end here.”
Like his former supervisor Conte, Bonucci has been utilized by both Inter and Juventus, although he just played one Serie A video game (in 2006) for the Milan side throughout a number of spells– and left for a season at AC Milan in 2017.
” What matters most of all at Juve is the sense of belonging,” he insisted, “the accessory to the t-shirt.
” Returning here empowered me as a man: when you leave this club, you understand what you have actually lost. Embracing them once again gave me inexpressible happiness.”