Bonucci: Juve no longer a surprise

Leonardo Bonucci said that Juventus are now 'a certainty' and no longer a surprise in the Champions League after booking their final spot in Cardiff.

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves saw Juventus beat Monaco 2-1 on Tuesday in their semi-final second leg in Turin, giving the Italian side a 4-1 aggregate win.

The win means the Serie A champions will contest the final on June 3 for the second time in three years. They lost the 2014-15 Champions League final 3-1 to Barcelona.

Italy defender Bonucci said the result shows a more mature Juventus belong on the big stage. 

"It's a great result and what a big club have to do, challenge for three trophies. We have grown a great deal over the last two years and I think Juventus are now a certainty, not a surprise," Bonucci said.

"The goal we conceded today was really annoying. We cannot concede like that when distracted.

"We have to improve and learn from that, as in the Champions League you can't get distracted for a second.

"The important thing is that Juventus go to the final in Cardiff and are confident we can take the trophy home.

"This is now a mature team, aware of their capabilities. In Berlin we had a magnificent midfield, but we're certainly no worse off now. We're loving the new system, so we just have to go to Cardiff and play the best game in the history of Juventus.

"The change of system made us feel more European, only as long as everyone worked hard off the ball. That made us even more united. We are solid at the back and almost always manage to score upfront."

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