Bonucci convinced Genoa defeat 'just a hiccup' for Juventus

Juventus lost 2-0 at Genoa on Sunday but defender Leonardo Bonucci is confident the Serie A leader will bounce back strongly.

Leonardo Bonucci in action against Genoa.   -  Getty Images

Leonardo Bonucci is certain Juventus' shock 2-0 defeat to Genoa on Sunday is "just a hiccup" on its way to securing an eighth successive Serie A title.

After beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 to secure a 3-2 aggregate win in the Champions League last-16, Juve was far from its best at Stadio Luigi Ferraris and was punished in the final 18 minutes.

Former Juve midfielder Stefano Sturaro opened the scoring and Goran Pandev finished the visitor off, making Massimiliano Allegri's decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo look somewhat suspect.

Nevertheless, Juventus remains comfortably clear of Napoli and Bonucci is confident the loss in Genoa was nothing more than a blip for the reigning champions.

"It's never nice to lose, but then again, after Tuesday's game we knew Genoa would be a difficult match from both a physical and mental point of view," the Italy international told Juve's official website.

"It won't have an impact on our season, it is just a hiccup on our path. Now, let's recover after the [international] break and begin again with Empoli.

"We gave everything to the very end against Atletico, so this break now in the season is a godsend.

"Those who will link up with their national teams will be able to recover because they play in a few days, while those who stay here will have the opportunity to regain their energy."

Juve returns to domestic duties when it hosts Empoli on March 30.

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