Saturday November 3 2012
Alessio: 'Still proud of Juve'

Juventus assistant manager Angelo Alessio remains “proud” of their efforts and rues missed opportunities in the defeat to Inter.

This 3-1 result was their first League loss since Antonio Conte took over and the first ever official defeat at the Juventus Stadium.

“Unfortunately we lost after 49 games, but Inter took their chances and we didn’t. The fact it was against Inter won’t leave any scars, as we played well and had several opportunities to double our lead in the first half,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We struggled a little from the penalty onwards, but remain proud of these players who were unbeaten in 49 and it’s just a pity about this game. We must look forward. We have to thank our fans for applauding right to the end and I’m sure there will be no psychological blowback.

“We have always played the same way and had three chances to score in the opening 10 minutes with Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. I only recall Antonio Cassano’s shot wide in the first half.

“We did not underestimate Inter. We were ready for them to play with a trident or a 3-5-2. We were prepared and did not make the most of our opportunities, then ran into difficulties after the break.

“Inter did not create much in the first half. Clearly if one of Marchisio’s chances had gone in then we’d be talking about a different match.

“Inter will certainly be in the Scudetto race to the end. We accept this defeat, but will certainly not make a drama out of it.”

Alessio reiterated that Juventus are still top of the table, but playing in the Champions League this season is making a difference.

“Playing every three days it’s not easy to maintain that intensity. We have to take our chances or will be made to pay against an excellent side like Inter.

“We misplaced too many passes and the interceptions saw them cause problems for us on the counter-attack.

“Clearly the forwards were too hasty in the first half when able to combine. Regardless of that, the team took the initiative and failed to score a second goal, so Inter eventually emerged.”

Mirko Vucinic limped off with a calf problem at half-time, so is in doubt to face Nordsjaelland.

“We are already looking forward to a very important Champions League game. We want to keep going and absolutely must win. Vucinic got a knock to his calf and the muscle hardened, so he had to go off. We’ll see what his condition is tomorrow.”

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