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Baldini convinced Catania should've beaten Juventus

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri admitted they were fortunate to escape Catania with a point in yesterday's 1-1 draw.

"In the first half we tried to play our usual style, but Catania did well to soak up pressure and hit us on the counter-attack, so I changed to push more down the flanks," explained Ranieri after Juventus' 1-1 draw in Sicily.

"I wanted Vargas to attack us so that we could slip in behind him, but we didn't manage it and he did well to plug the gap."

The Bianconeri only snatched a point in injury time with Alessandro Del Piero's penalty and the first player to be substituted was Tiago at half-time.

"He did not fail in this opportunity," assured the Coach. "When we play in difficult situations then things get more complicated, but I think a big club should wait for its players to develop. We continue to believe in Tiago and he will play when I consider it the right time."

Ranieri showed fair play when asked about Catania's goal, scored by Gionatha Spinesi, which had more than a suspicion of offside about it.

"I don't know. In any case it was very tight, and a mistake can happen. We are not looking for excuses here, David Trezeguet did not get a single decent cross all night."

Catania thought they were about to register their first victory over Juventus in 43 years, but it was snatched away at the death.

"I am disappointed for my players, who are powered by emotions and the hope of achieving incredible feats," said coach Silvio Baldini.

"We prepared very well for this game and we believed all the way, so it's a shame this dream vanished in stoppages. The draw was an acceptable result and we mustn't cry if we only got a point off Juventus.

"We are a team who can attack and know how to defend when we lose possession. When we manage to achieve this balance, we put in some great performances. It was a shame the heavy pitch meant Giuseppe Mascara and Jorge Martinez weren't as fast as they usually are."

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