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'I made a huge mistake', admits Bonucci
Oct 03, 2013 11:57 AM EST
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has accepted blame for Galatasaray's opener in Wednesday's thrilling 2-2 draw between the two sides.
The centre-back attempted to volley the ball back to keeper Gianluigi Buffon under pressure from Didier Drogba in the 35th minute of the UEFA Champions League clash at Juventus Stadium, but instead gifted the Ivorian a one-on-one chance that he took easily.
The action in Turin was far from finished there though, as Arturo Vidal's penalty and an 87th-minute header from Fabio Quagliarella looked to have snatched the points for Antonio Conte's side.
However, Umut Bulut swept home an equaliser less than a minute later to secure a share of the spoils in Roberto Mancini's first game in charge of the Super Lig champions.
After the game, Bonucci admitted his crucial part in the opening goal and is determined to come back strong and secure passage to the knock-out stages, with Juve having drawn both their Champions League fixtures so far this term and set for consecutive meetings with Real Madrid next.
"I made a huge mistake," he lamented.
"I thought Drogba was closer to me and I didn't hit the ball cleanly. In Europe opponents always punish any mistake you make and especially players like Drogba.
"Now everything is more complicated in the group for us, let's hope we can qualify as we did last season.
"We just have to continue working hard and start winning games.
"We were very good to come from behind but not as good to defend our lead. We must improve but I'm sure the spirit is always the right one."