Leonardo Bonucci backed Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following his unsuccessful penalty against Milan en route to the Coppa Italia final, insisting “even the greatest miss”.
Ronaldo hit the post with a 16th-minute penalty as Juve drew 0-0 at home to 10-man Milan in Turin – the Serie A champions reaching the final on away goals after the 1-1 first-leg stalemate.
Juve’s Ronaldo scored a penalty to salvage a draw away to Milan in February’s opening leg prior to the coronavirus pandemic but he was unable to repeat the feat behind closed doors at Allianz Stadium.
Bonucci leapt to the defence of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo – who has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season – post-match.
“Even the greatest miss,” Juventus centre-back Bonucci told Rai Sport. “Cristiano is always important for us.
“He increases the pressure on opponents’ defenders. “He was unfortunate today and [Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi] Donnarumma did well. We’ll see a great Juventus and a great Ronaldo again.”
Juve will face either Napoli or Inter in the Coppa Italia final in Rome on June 17, before Maurizio Sarri’s men restart their Serie A campaign away to Bologna on June 22.