Juventus Defensive Cornerstone Records Milestone Cap

Leonardo Bonucci registered his 350th appearance with Juventus in the narrow win over Verona. He’s just the seventh player in the history of the club to reach such threshold. He joins the likes of legends such as Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Giampiero Boniperti, Gaetano Scirea, and Giuseppe Furino.

The defender, who grew up in the Inter’s youth academy, was signed from Bari back in 2010. He spent a season at Milan in 2017/2018 after clashing with Massimiliano Allegri, but he returned the following year. He inherited the captain’s armband from Giorgio Chiellini last summer.

Even though he hasn’t featured constantly due to nagging injuries, Bonucci remains a vital member of the Juventus defense, which has propelled their recent success. As Sky points out, the Bianconeri haven’t conceded in five matches, for a total of 486 minutes. It’s their longest streak in that respect in five years. They have allowed just seven goals so far, one every two matches. Only Barcelona, whose goalie has been beaten five times, have fared better in the top five European leagues.

The Old Lady turned the corner once they went back to a three-man line. While the Italian veteran, Danilo, and Gleison Bremer are familiar with the system, Alex Sandro has been a surprise, as he has held his own as a center-back, transitioning from a flank role. The rediscovered solidity hasn’t gone unnoticed internationally. The whole Brazilian trio will be part of the Seleçao’s squad for the World Cup. As a matter of fact, Juventus and the Continassa training center will host their pre-tournament retreat, Ansa informs.

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