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World Cup winner Grosso talks up Youth League

Juventus' Fabio Grosso, a FIFA World Cup winner, told UEFA.com he "would have liked to have played in this competition", while Malmö FF hope to return in 2015.

Juventus forward Paul Akpan Udoh holds up the ball during the Bianconeri's draw against Malmö
Juventus forward Paul Akpan Udoh holds up the ball during the Bianconeri's draw against Malmö ©Malmö FF

Coaches Fabio Grosso and Anders Palmer champion the UEFA Youth League
2006 FIFA World Cup winner Grosso wishes he could have played in the competition
Palmer says the games are "fantastic" and hopes to "be back next year"
Juventus squander a two-goal lead against previously point-less Malmö
Both teams are out of contention to qualify for the last 16 from Group A

Anders Palmer, Malmö coach
It's nice to finally get a point in the group stage. We have been close a couple of times, but now we've got it. To be 2-0 down was very tough, but it was very impressive that my players were able to come back from that. We have a very young squad with several players born in 1998. We are very happy with how they played today.

We learn something from every game. We will probably not play in this competition every year, but if we can be here again next year it would be fantastic. We will have pretty much the same team next year since we have such a young squad. They are fantastic games. To play against Juventus is huge for us. Atlético Madrid and Juventus … they are not poor teams. FC København were involved last year and said the same thing.

It is like a miniature tournament with the same games as the Champions League. The players walk on to the pitch with the music playing, we travel with our senior team, we get to see what it is all about. We will probably not meet any better sides. My players have been looking forward to this for a long time and it is a fantastic journey for us. Hopefully we will be back next year

Oliver Stojanovic-Fredin scored for Malmö
Oliver Stojanovic-Fredin scored for Malmö©Malmö FF

We learned a lot. We started the second half very well and then we were one down. It goes so fast against these teams. The fewer mistakes you make the bigger the chance you have got. We have a back four that is very young. Most of them are 16 and of course they learn a lot from these games. This prepares them for playing at senior level, no doubt about it.

Fabio Grosso, Juventus coach
Malmö are a good side. Our display was good today and we have done well in the group stage, except for the home game against Olympiacos [a 3-0 loss] when we could have performed better. Overall it has been a good group stage where we have been up against some strong opponents.

It has been very good for me to take part in this tournament as a coach and also for the players because we have faced European teams with a lot of quality and different strengths. It helps both me and the players to develop.

It has been a very useful experience for my players to take part in this competition. They have gained experience they can use in the Italian league and in the upcoming European games. It's a good tournament for our young players and I would have liked to have played in this competition when I was that age because it helps young players prepare for what awaits them in the future.