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Juventus coach Conte happy with Fiorentina draw

Juventus coach Antonio Conte was satisfied with their 1-1 draw against Fiorentina in the first-leg of their Europa League tie.

The Bianconeri earned a 1-0 win in Serie A at the weekend, but here were pegged back 1-1 by a Mario Gomez equaliser late on.

Conte said: "In all honesty, I preferred this performance to Sunday's. Of course when you concede a goal it's hard to justify, but I feel the team created many chances, hitting the bar as well and probably expressed better football than we saw on Sunday.

"When you concede a goal there are always situations to analyse and corrections to be found. We lost the ball in midfield and this through ball took us by surprise, then Gomez did very well to control and beat Buffon as he came out."

The second leg at the Stadio Franchi is next Thursday and the Viola now have an away goal to count on.

"Optimistic? I am always optimistic. It's a football match, we play to win and we have won a lot, but it's fair to draw against Fiorentina, as they are a strong side. I do feel we were a little unlucky tonight, as we could've scored more."

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