Barzagli: Losing Bonucci no disaster

Andrea Barzagli admits that Leonardo Bonucci's tansfer to Milan will have a significant impact on Juventus, but adds that the club will be able to absorb the loss.

The shock departure of one of the Turin club's longest-serving players to the Rossoneri has put a severe dent in coach Massimiliano Allegri's Serie A and Champions League preparations, but won't destabilise the club completely, says Bonucci's former defensive partner.

“The two players who left were important,” Barzagli said in an interview with Premium Sport, referring also to Dani Alves, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in June after spending only a single season in Italy.

“Among other things Bonucci spent seven years at Juve and was very important," the veteran center-back continued.

“In a squad though there are 23 players and 11 go on the field, no-one has ever destabilised or made the difference, except [Diego] Maradona or maybe Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

“One or two players can’t shift the balance, the new players and the veterans have to come back with the right mind to tackle the league again,” he added.

Juventus go into the new season seeking a remarkable seventh consecutive Serie A title, something the 36-year old feels they might find somewhat more of a challenge this time around.

“This season the bar has been raised again, there are teams that have strengthened a lot and teams that have stayed together and have an important mentality, like Napoli," he stated,

“Then there’s a team like ours who are facing a seventh season after six Scudetti in a row, and this will be the toughest season for so many of us, because winning is never easy.

“Winning is very difficult, and after six years it’s even harder. To do it you need to be motivated and focused.

“We know that and we’ve been told that. I think Juve always have the customary objectives,” Barzagli added.