"I was always happy with this group, right from the day of the draw. I immediately thought of how much my team would grow, as you only mature after facing the biggest teams," said De Laurentiis.
"I thank these lads for the great performance they gave, but above all for honouring the colours of this city and our fans to the very last second.
"They soaked me in the locker room, as they're having such a party down there. I risked a hernia!"