Bonucci backing for "Italy's best"

06 October 2014 05:11:15 EST

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said a 3-2 win against fellow Scudetto chasers Roma on Sunday proved leaders Juventus are "Italy's best team".

The defending champions made it six straight victories in Serie A in an incident-packed encounter against the capital club in which referee Gianluca Rocchi awarded three first-half penalties - two converted by Carlos Tevez and the other by captain Francesco Totti for the visitors.

Juan Iturbe had briefly given the Romans the lead before Tevez struck with his second spot-kick only for Bonucci to score a stunning late volley in a bad-tempered end to a breathless clash.

Juve's Alvaro Morata and Roma's Kostas Manolas were both sent off in the dying minutes at Juventus Stadium as the Turin club celebrated an early-season psychological blow.

Bonucci said Juventus had delivered a crushing blow to Roma and insisted they remain the team to beat in the race for the title.

"It was a massive three points for us," he told reporters. "We reiterated we're Italy's best team against an excellent Roma side.

"We made very few mistakes tonight, they punished us with the only opportunity we allowed them.

"We reacted strongly and managed to bring home the three points in spite of falling behind."

Juventus are currently priced 1/2000 in the Serie A outright betting and Roma are quoted 1000/1.

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