Rafael Benítez was impressed by Liverpool FC's resilience as Juventus FC staged a second-half comeback.
Rafael Benítez's Liverpool FC leapt into a two-goal lead in the first 25 minutes of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Juventus FC thanks to strikes from Sami Hyypiä and Luis García. But Scott Carson, Liverpool's 19-year-old reserve goalkeeper, was beaten by Fabio Cannavaro's soft header on 63 minutes as Juve scored the away-goal that gives their coach Fabio Capello belief that the Serie A side will emerge victorious.
Rafael Benítez, Liverpool coach
Juventus played better in the second half and it was difficult for us to keep the ball. I'm delighted with the first half. We have confidence. When you play a team like Juventus it is difficult to pay 90 minutes at that pace. It was difficult for Scott Carson to save the ball when they scored. It bounced in a difficult position. We know the second leg will be more difficult but for us to draw is to win. We have two options, they only have one. We played a good game against a good team. We have got to have confidence in ourselves in the second leg and play as well as we did tonight.
Fabio Capello, Juventus coach
In the first half we didn't really play. The reaction of the team after Liverpool's two goals meant we were much more aggressive. After the 2-0 in the first half I was much happier with the way we played in the second half. I trust them for the return game. We really did start to take our chances in the second half. We attacked more and we caused the defenders some problems. I knew Liverpool would play in this way. Liverpool and Juventus are two excellent teams. Liverpool certainly have played very well so far. If the game had finished 2-0 it would have been very difficult but I was hoping we would equalise.