Antonio Conte felt Juventus “did more over the 180 minutes” against Lazio and rued that last-gasp miss, but also adopted sarcasm when discussing the penalty incidents.
“We did more over the 180 minutes than Lazio, but whoever wins is always right, so we accept the result. That late miss from Marchisio weighed very heavily on us, as it would’ve been the goal to qualify us.
“I could not field Alessandro Matri because he had flu and was running a high temperature, but Fabio Quagliarella did well when coming off the bench.
“I am satisfied with Luca Marrone’s performance and he has a great future ahead of him, also as a centre-back.
“I’m happy with the overall performance, although we must unfortunately accept the result on the field. The team knows what I ask of them and we are not worried.”
Conte received a two-match Serie A ban for insulting the referee after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Genoa. There were more contentious incidents in the first half at the Olimpico, as Mirko Vucinic appeared to be brought down by Federico Marchetti and Mauricio Isla might’ve tripped Miroslav Klose.
“Oh they weren’t penalties, the referee is always right,” said the Coach in an extremely sarcastic tone.
“In fact, Vucinic dived. He should’ve been booked for simulation and Marchetti didn’t touch him at all. Seba Giovinco was booked for diving? He should’ve been sent off, for you cannot try to con the referee like that.
“As for Klose, ooh, it was a very violent foul. An evident penalty.”
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