Juventus boss Conte slams Benfica tactics after Euro exit

Juventus boss Antonio Conte hit out at Benfica's tactics after their Europa League elimination.
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Juventus boss Antonio Conte hit out at Benfica's tactics after their Europa League elimination.

Juve drew 0-0 in the second-leg, losing the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Conte snapped: “What didn’t work was that we didn’t get that incident going our way. It’s a shame, as these games are right on the limit, Benfica obstructed us at every turn and the referee allowed them to do it.

“He gave six minutes of stoppages when we were already three in without playing, so it took us for a ride,” said Conte of English referee Mark Clattenburg.

“It’s a shame, as with two shots on target over two legs Benfica went through. Over the two games Juventus certainly deserved to go through.

“I think Juventus gave all they had. It is an exciting, but also very exhausting season, because for the first time we’ve reached the final stages of European competition.

“I don’t think we saw a team struggling to stay on its feet tonight. They ran from the first to the 95th minute. It was a strong performance, we didn’t get the lucky moment we needed to change the game, so in that sense Benfica were more fortunate."

 
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