Artemio Franchi

Next Game

Fiorentina v Chievo

Sunday, 31 May 2015, 19:45

Italian Serie A

Renzo Barbera

Last Game

Palermo 2 - 3 Fiorentina

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 14:00

Italian Serie A

Conte concedes disappointment

Juventus coach Antonio Conte revealed there was an inevitable sense of disappointment in his dressing room following Thursday's Europa League draw with Italian rivals Fiorentina.

Last Updated: 14/03/14 at 09:36 Post Comment

Antonio Conte: Disappointed with draw

Antonio Conte: Disappointed with draw

Four days after Juve beat La Viola 1-0 in Serie A, the northern clubs reconvened at the Juventus Stadium to play out a 1-1 draw which saw second-half substitute Mario Gomez cancel out Arturo Vidal's early opener.

The away goal gives Vincenzo Montella's men an advantage ahead of next week's last-16 second-leg clash in Florence but Conte feels his team will manage to score the goal they require having dominated the final third in Turin.

He told juventus.com: "We're disappointed with the result, but not the performance. I can't take anything away from the lads, who expressed themselves better than they did on Sunday.

"We created plenty, hit the bar and had a big opportunity with Pogba. We were also a bit unlucky because we could have scored more than we did."

Reflecting on Gomez's equaliser, which arrived 11 minutes from time, Conte added: "We lost possession in the middle of the park and the ball over the top caught us by surprise.

"Gomez did well to get it under control and beat (Gianluigi) Buffon when he was coming off his line."

Juve's veteran goalkeeper Buffon made sure to praise Germany striker Gomez, whose first season at Fiorentina has been blighted by injury, limiting him to only three goals in 10 appearances.

"They attacked the space in behind and Gomez netted. He's a great player, and not someone who's just burst on the scene," Buffon said.

"It's a shame because we were hoping to pull off the same result as we did in the league, but there's still everything to play for."

Fiorentina were UEFA Cup semi-finalists in 2008 and beat Juventus in a two-legged final to win the trophy in 1990.

But current coach Montella insists his side are not the favourites to progress to the quarter-finals on this occasion.

"Absolutely not," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "Juventus score all the time so it will not be easy.

"This Fiorentina side is evolving, we are designed to play a possession game and we have to keep working hard to hold onto the ball.

"Against Juve that was even more important because they're set up in a similar way, so we suffered to get the result."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Uruguayan players' union claims Luis Suarez is FIFA victim

The Uruguayan players’ union wants Luis Suarez’s ban lifted as they think he is a victim of alleged corruption at FIFA

CONCACAF have 'provisionally dismissed' president Jeffrey Webb

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been 'provisionally dismissed' by the governing body for football in North and Central America.

Sepp Blatter: Tiny minority to blame for FIFA crisis

Sepp Blatter has told FIFA's annual congress he had no way of monitoring "a tiny minority" of officials accused of corruption.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company