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Sunday June 8 2014
Lichtsteiner: We failed in Europe

Stephan Lichtsteiner has conceded that Juventus ‘can’t be satisfied’ with their European form last season.

The Bianconeri may have won their third Scudetto in a row becoming the first Italian team to break the 100-point barrier.

But on the continent, the Old Lady were disappointing – crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage and losing in the Europa League semi-final.

“We had an outstanding season in the league, scoring 102 points and winning all 19 matches at home and 33 out of 38 games overall - the stats speak for themselves,” he told FIFA.com.

“But we can't be satisfied with our results on the European stage. We failed to get out of the Champions League group stage despite having a reasonably friendly draw.

“We had a chance to make amends in the Europa League and didn't deliver then either. We had the potential to do better.

“We're largely responsible for that failure. We perform with more focus and confidence in the League, while in Europe, small details play a bigger role and we haven't been able to work them in our favour.

“We made too many individual errors this year, but I'm convinced we won't repeat them next season.”

The Switzerland international though, doesn’t want to use economic might as an excuse not to succeed against the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.

“Financially speaking, clearly the top Italian clubs, including Juve, can't keep up with the big boys in Spain, England and France.

“However, we can't use that as an excuse. Dortmund reached the Champions League final last year, Sevilla captured the Europa League this season, Atletico Madrid won the Liga title and qualified for the Champions League final, and none of these clubs have the sort of budget the big Italian sides do.

“If success has smiled on them, why shouldn't it smile on us?”

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