Tuesday October 23 2012
Alessio: 'Juve deserved win'

Assistant manager Angelo Alessio insists Juventus “absolutely deserved to win” in Copenhagen, but their Champions League hopes hang by a thread.

The Bianconeri have now managed just nine draws and a defeat from their last 10 European matches and were trailing in all three of the Champions League fixtures this season.

“We had so many chances, but were unable to score and in a game like this that complicates matters,” said Alessio after the 1-1 draw with Nordsjaelland.

“We lacked some grit in the first half, while after the break we did play our football. Towards the end we switched to a four-man defence, as Nicklas Bendtner and Sebastian Giovinco were backed by Mirko Vucinic to make the team more dangerous in attack.

“We certainly allowed our opponents too much in the first half, but came out of our shells in the second, created many opportunities and their goalkeeper had to perform several great saves.”

Juventus are now in a very dangerous position, as Shakhtar Donetsk lead Group E on seven points, followed by Chelsea on four and the Bianconeri with three.

“Clearly we have to win the next game in order to stay in the running and then get a result against the top two as well,” admitted Alessio.

“We have to accept the result, even if we absolutely deserved to win tonight.”

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