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Conte wants more from improving Juventus

Juventus coach Antonio Conte struggled to praise his team despite beating FC København, with Ståle Solbakken believing the defeated side matched the Italian hosts.

Conte wants more from improving Juventus
Conte wants more from improving Juventus ©UEFA.com

Antonio Conte, Juventus coach
We conceded a goal we should not have conceded, we made things complicated for ourselves. Luckily we were able to score another two goals, but I would have been happier if we had kept a clean sheet. This is my third year at Juventus but we returned to Europe only last season and we showed we did not have enough experience. I think we deserved more last season.

This time we can qualify, even though we expect a tough game in Istanbul. We put ourselves in this difficult situation and now it depends on us to go through. We will try to win, but if they prove to be better than us we will congratulate them. We are not going there to wait and see how it goes – we will go there to win. I personally built this team, and I built it to win, not to calculate. My team is made up of great men who are also great players.

Ståle Solbakken, København coach
We played a really good game, defensively in particular. Of course, we should never have given them those two penalties, but apart from that we managed to keep Juventus from creating really big opportunities. At the same time, we managed to create two or three chances ourselves and that is more or less what you can expect to get in matches like this. When you look at the number of opportunities, it was more or less the same number for both sides.

I think we controlled Juventus pretty well and they only caused us small problems, apart from [Fernando] Llorente who was a bit of a handful. He is always good at freeing himself from his marker. Again, we should not have given them those two penalties. You can ask Lars [Jacobsen] and Olof [Mellberg] if they are unhappy with that. However, there is really no point in discussing it any further.