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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen a players ability sinks to less than SWP's, but his value accelerates to more than £50m you know you must be in the comments section of an article about a Liverpool player leaving.

goober
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

I

ll never forget Matt Stanger on Scott Dann on the transfer blog. I've always rated Dann since his time at Brum, and some newspaper had him going to a biggish club after Blackburn's relegation. A ball playing defender, Stanger mused, quoting. Pah. He's a godawful hoofer .

arexrarris
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

T

o be fair, one of the reasons its so difficult for certain clubs to get close to Real Madrid or Barcelona is once they have a player who is good enough to compete against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, they f*ck off, usually to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

hump3.
Simeone baffled by PL failure

Footer 365

Radamel Falcao could still make Manchester United move permanent

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claims Manchester United could still sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal.

Liverpool and Standard Chartered extend shirt deal until 2019

Liverpool have renewed their sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered Bank which now runs until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target, says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense".

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

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