‘Bonucci has never been a leader and never will be’: Juventus Ultras come out attacking club captain Leonardo, saying his choice to lead players to ‘apologise’ after Monza loss showed his lack of leadership skills
- The Ultras of Juventus have hit out at the club’s captain, Leonardo Bonucci
- They say that his choice to force players to ‘apologise’ showed lack of leadership
- Bonucci led Juventus players in front of fans after 1-0 loss at Monza on Sunday
The Ultras of Juventus have hit out at club captain Leonardo Bonucci, claiming he is not a leader, and never will be.
The club’s core fanbase have felt that they need to get their voices heard after their shaky start to this season, which has seen Juventus win just two of their seven Serie A games going into the international break.
Bonucci took his players to the travelling fans to ‘apologise’, after their 1-0 loss to Monza on Sunday, sealed by Christian Gytkjaer’s second half strike.
Leonardo Bonucci’s leadership skills have come under attack from the Juventus Ultras
But the Ultras have taken to social media to criticise Bonucci for his leadership skills, according to a report from Calciomercato.
The Ultras wrote: ‘We are faced with scenes we do not understand and if anything we find laughable and RIDICULOUS, thought up by someone who considers himself a leaver, but acts like a sacrificial victim.
‘Bonucci has never been a leader and never will be: not at Treviso, nor Pisa, nor Bari, nor Milan and certainly not at Juventus…
‘In this moment of general confusion, on and off the pitch, there is total anarchy and whoever feels like it declares themselves an expert, a leader, a chief or a responsible figure without having the charisma or the recognition of the people who have been here for many years.
‘If there is a hierarchy, there’s a reason for that. A good soldier does not necessarily make a good general.’
Bonucci took the Juventus players across to apologise to fans after a 1-0 loss away at Monza
They noted that the ‘apology’ at Monza was part of the problem, and didn’t help to make the situation between the club and the fans any better.
‘Taking professional players like sacrificial lambs to stare at the Curva [stand] while receiving jeers and insults, giving legitimacy to protests just a month into the season, is SIMPLY ABSURD,’ the Ultras wrote. ‘The only result can be to create a weak team that is weighed down by negativity and a victim complex.
‘That is exactly the opposite of what is needed in this sport. You are damaging your teammates and squad more than any incompetent coach or director.’
The Juventus Ultras have said that the players should not take the blame for the management
They rounded off their comments by stating: ‘Whoever wears the Juventus jersey must lower their heads in front of only their own people and nobody else, including the media.
‘All it takes is a glance from the pitch to the stands, saluting with arm raised rather than a wild celebration so we know that you are apologising.
‘And finally, players do not take the blame that only the incompetent directors and President have, and which they need to answer for.’
It follows a period of uncertainty at Juventus, as President Andrea Agnelli is keeping coach Max Allegri in his job, despite the reported protestations of vice-president Pavel Nedved.
Juventus will try to turn their fortunes around when they host Bologna in their first game back after the international break on Sunday October 2, before hosting Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League three days later.
Coach Max Allegri’s job looks to be being kept intact by the club President Andrea Agnelli