Juventus boss Del Neri: We outplayed Man City

Juventus coach Gigi del Neri was proud of his players after their 1-1 draw at Europa League opponents Manchester City.
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Juventus coach Gigi del Neri was proud of his players after their 1-1 draw at Europa League opponents Manchester City.

The Bianconeri had taken the lead at the City of Manchester Stadium with Vincenzo Iaquinta, but were pegged back to a 1-1 Europa League draw.

“We forced Manchester City to play badly and fully deserved the point this evening,” said the Coach.

“It was a very strong Juve performance, because we never lost our desire to win right to the end and had some excellent opportunities for the victory.

“I am happy with this result, especially for those who said we’d lose tonight and concede a hatful of goals.”

Alessandro Del Piero threatened a late winner when his free kick cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, but did not completely cross the line.

“Tonight we had only two real strikers available to us. Amauri and the cup-tied Fabio Quagliarella and Alberto Aquilani were left behind.

“Perhaps we could’ve run a few more risks looking for the winner, but only with a more defined and solid situation than we have now.

“We were always in the game and it was a good test for the future, but now we need to find consistency.

“On the goal that we conceded, we paid for our lack of experience, but overall I am satisfied that we allowed them so few chances.”

 
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