Bonucci: This is why I celebrated my goal

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Bonucci scored at the Allianz Stadium in his first game against Juventus

On Saturday night, Juventus consolidated the lead in the Serie A with a 3-1 win against Milan. Despite the result, Milan played quite well and held Juventus for a long stretch of the game. In the end, Juventus showed their true quality and scored twice to confirm the three points. One of the moments of the game was without a doubt when Bonucci scored. The defender headed home and smashed Juventus’ streak of 959 Serie A minutes without conceding a goal.

After the game, the Milan captain talked with Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset Premium about the game. Moreover, he explained the reason why he celebrated the goal against his former club.

“It was certainly an emotional occasion. I thought the welcome was 50-50, they preferred to jeer me and I respect that, but I think I gave a great deal to Juventus and in seven years played more than anyone.

“I have no rancour towards the fans, as they have the right to do what they see fit. It was an intense and emotional match. I wasn’t planning on celebrating my goal, but the jeers made up my mind.”

The Italian defender also mentioned the fact that his goal meant that the record of 979 minutes without conceding (a record obtained with Bonucci in the Juventus side) remained intact. Besides that he also made it clear that his exultation was purely aimed at those who booed and not for his former colleagues.

“If I had scored a goal against Chiellini and Barzagli I wouldn’t be happy. We are on very good terms, we are friends off the pitch. I am happy I scored but Juventus have great players and even if we played better than them, they can win the game in a second.” 

What’s in store for Milan?

Milan will now play against Inter next Wednesday with the hope to stay in the hunt for a Champions League place. About Milan’s situation, Bonucci said:

“We have many young players in the squad and need nights like this to grow. Of course, if Hakan Calhanoglu’s shot had gone in off the crossbar, then we’d be talking about a different match. Juve have players like Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa who can come off the bench and change a game.

“At Milan we have created a mix of young and not so young, but to make the step up we need top players who can improve the quality level.”

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