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Juventus coach Ferrara: Defeat was bizarre

Juventus coach Ciro Ferrara refused to criticise his players after their 3-1 defeat to Bari. Riccardo Meggiorini, Barretto and Sergio Almiron struck Bari's goals, with David Trezeguet scoring for Juve and Diego missing a penalty.

"It certainly wasn't an easy few days. We tried to get our strength back and came here with humility, putting ourselves on a par with Bari, who are in good shape," said Ferrara.

"It's honestly difficult to explain what happened tonight. I've seen many games in my lifetime, but this was truly bizarre, as we could've played for hours and not scored. Bari had three real shots on target and netted all of them.

"When there is the need to criticise the squad I am the first to do it, but tonight I don't feel I can say anything to my players. I saw the grit and determination in their eyes that I hadn't seen in a while."

On his own situation, Ferrara added: "The Coach has his responsibility and clearly there will be criticism after this defeat, because those who didn't see the game cannot get a clear picture of what happened. The tactician is a central figure in the club and of course takes responsibility along with everyone."

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