Fabio Quagliarella admits he thought he had scored the Juventus winner against Galatasaray. “They had just two shots on goal.”
The striker came off the bench and netted to put the Bianconeri 2-1 up, but within 60 seconds Umut Bulut had snatched a 2-2 draw.
“It is a shame, because we were 2-1 up with four minutes to go,” Quagliarella told Sky Sport Italia.
“I think they had just two shots on goal, then we were in control for the rest of the game, so if there was a team that deserved to win it was Juventus.
“It leaves a bitter taste that you push so hard and finally get through, then they score on the next move.”
Galatasaray had taken the lead when Didier Drogba pounced on a poor Leonardo Bonucci backpass.
“It can happen for a teammate to make a mistake, whether it’s a backpass or a striker missing in front of goal. Things went against us today.”
Quagliarella also earned the penalty for Arturo Vidal to draw level.
“When I saw that I had moved the ball and the player was coming at me very fast, I couldn’t really get out of the way.
“As the Coach said in his Press conference, teams all defend against us now and hope to cause us problems on the counter-attack. It’s tough when an entire squad is behind the ball, as you can’t find space, but we have to work on countering this tactic.”
Quagliarella has scored six goals in 14 Champions League games, many coming off the bench, on average one every 89 minutes of football.
“All I can do is train hard and ensure I am ready when called upon, then the Coach makes his decisions.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!