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Bonucci: Juve must win

Leonardo Bonucci says winning is the "only option" for Juventus as they prepare for a make-or-break Champions League game with FC Nordsjælland.

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Juventus have only managed three draws so far in the competition, and after their 49-match unbeaten run in the league came to an end at the weekend there are doubts about their ability to bounce back.

But Bonucci, 25, says that the team is ready to show what they are made of and put in a strong performance against the Danish champions.

"I honestly think that after a 49-match unbeaten run and thinking about what was the situation of Juventus a year and a half ago, the reasons are out on their own after a defeat," he told reporters. "We will definitely take the field tomorrow night with the aim of showing a typical Juventus performance by imposing our style of play.

"It's definitely a game to win, like all those in which Juventus takes the field. Obviously coming from three draws this is the only option as not winning tomorrow means the Europa League or elimination. We will go on the field to take the three points, to continue the dream of moving on to the second round."

Bonucci also took a swipe at Inter, who ended Juve's unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory, by claiming that they complain too much and don't concentrate on playing footbal.

He said: "Juventus, as a club, has a style, and are not accustomed to complaining in the way Inter have over these past few days. I think that football is beautiful because it is enjoyed as a sport and not through arguments."

Flanking him at the event was Angelo Alessio - standing in for suspended manager Antonio Conte - and he too stated the importance of a first Champions League victory of the campaign.

Alessio also revealed Alessandro Matri will start the game in place of the injured Mirko Vucinic and backed on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner to score against his countrymen.

"Tomorrow we need to take to the field with determination and be fully focused on claiming all three points. Matri will start tomorrow night and will be partnered by Quagliarella or Giovinco," he said.

"Bendtner's managed to fit in well and we expect him to improve and get on the score-sheet. We do not have a finishing problem, when you create a lot of scoring chances you can also miss many of them."

Paul Pogba has made a good start to life in Turin since leaving Manchester United in the summer, and Alessio believes he is in the right place to fulfil his potential.

"Pogba is a 19-year-old youngster," he said. "He's a great prospect and we'll enable him to develop as best as possible."


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