Alonso admired by Benítez

Xabi Alonso returned from three months out to carry Liverpool FC through and impress coach Rafael Benítez.

Liverpool FC produced a superb defensive performance to hold Juventus to a goalless draw in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final in Turin. The Reds kept Juve at bay to set up an all-Premiership semi-final against Chelsea FC by virtue of their 2-1 first-leg triumph at Anfield last week.

Fabio Capello Juventus coach
It was a balanced game, very difficult and with just a few chances for both teams. If Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored when he had a chance in the first half, the game would have changed. Liverpool can create spaces when they attack, and can defend with ten men when needed. I believe that both games should have finished in draws, but Liverpool managed to use all their chances in the first leg and we didn't. The Champions League was a priority for our season so we are very disappointed. I congratulate [Rafael] Benítez. He prepared to get a draw and he managed to earn it.

Rafael Benítez, Liverpool manager
We achieved a fantastic result and I'm very happy. We trained very hard to prepare for this game and we have been repaid. The team was very solid and I think our overall performance was very good. In [Steven] Gerrard's absence, Xabi Alonso played a great game, especially when we had possession. It's incredible that he managed to play for the whole 90 minutes after missing so many games. Now Chelsea are favourites to reach the final, but we will give our best once again. I think we were great in defence, but the whole team played well. Juve played their own game, but we pressed them well during the whole 90 minutes.

Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus goalkeeper
We haven't done enough to qualify. The game was not easy from the beginning. We played too many long balls when we should have kept the ball on the ground as the Liverpool defenders are very good in the air. We are very disappointed but now we have to focus on the domestic league.

Milan Baroš, Liverpool striker
We defended extremely well after playing a great match in the first leg in Liverpool. We knew a draw would be enough and we managed not to concede goals. We also created a few opportunities to score, so I think we fully deserved to qualify. Now we have nothing to lose against Chelsea, but we will try to give everything again. Anything can happen.

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