Leonardo Bonucci calls for Juve improvement


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Leonardo Bonucci says the “real” Juventus will need to show up when his side face Lazio in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final.

The defender was one of only a handful of first-team regulars to start Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Roma, when despite taking the lead through Mario Lemina, the Bianconeri were largely second best.

Daniele De Rossi, Stephan El Shaarawy and Radja Nainggolan all took advantage of a rare poor display by Massimiliano Allegri’s men to cut the gap at the top of the table to four points with two games to go.

Despite the result, Juve remain on course for the treble of Scudetto, Champions League and Coppa Italia, the final of which takes place on Wednesday.

The clash will see Allegri’s side hoping to banish their Stadio Olimpico demons by lifting the trophy for the third straight year and 12th time in their history.

A Juve win in 90 minutes is 2.05, with the draw 3.30 and I Biancocelesti 3.60.

Speaking after Sunday’s match, Bonucci admitted his side were far from at their best and says they will now need to regroup and ensure they are fully prepared for their return to the Olimpico.

“Tonight’s match has to be extra motivation going into the Coppa Italia Final,” he told Rai Sport.

“On Wednesday we are playing for a trophy and it’ll be tough against a Lazio side that is in great shape both mentally and physically.

I expect it to be a great game and we want to do well. “We know that we need the real Juve to win it all.”

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