Nordsjaelland outcome could shape Juventus' season, says Bonucci

The 25-year-old looks to put Sunday's defeat to Inter in the Derby d'Italia behind him and now focuses on the midweek European clash against the Danish champions.
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has expressed the need for a good performance from himself and his teammates in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group E tussle with Nordsjaelland.

The Italian champion faces a great deal of pressure in this match, as it finds itself third in its group after three matches, with the Danish side biting ankles just two points behind.

“It’s a game that needs to be won, just like all the others," Bonucci told reporters in Vinovo, "Failure to win would place us in the Europa League or even see us go out of Europe altogether. Not qualifying could also have an impact on the rest of our season. We're approaching the clash on the back of three draws, meaning [a victory] is the only objective we’re aiming for."

And to get that victory, the ex-Bari man made clear what will need to happen, adding, "We’ll take to the field tomorrow night with the desire to get back to being the team that beat everyone and always imposed its own style of play.”

After Juve's 3-1 loss Saturday to Inter, the club with whom he began his career, Bonucci said that the mistakes need to be eradicated from their game before Wednesday.

"After putting in a true Juventus performance during the first 20 minutes, we then retreated and no longer ran like we did at the start."

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