Wednesday November 27 2013
Chiellini: 'Juve have Euro regrets'

Giorgio Chiellini can’t help but feel “regret” that Juventus are still fighting for qualification after beating Copenhagen 3-1.

The Bianconeri will go through to the Champions League knockouts as long as they avoid defeat away to Galatasaray, as the Turkish side lost 4-1 to 10-man Real Madrid tonight.

“The result in Madrid does favour us, even if there is regret we aren’t already qualified due to the points we dropped along the way,” Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia.

“Copenhagen clammed up very well and allowed us very little compared to the meeting in Denmark, when it really did look like a siege.

“We did well to win the game and that is the most important thing.”

Chiellini also revealed the worst challenge of the night was from teammate Fernando Llorente, who collided with him in the scramble that led to the equaliser.

“I felt a hand in my face and assumed it was a Copenhagen player, but then realised it was Fernando! He has to be more careful when he comes in to help defend, as he should watch out who he crashes into... Looking at the replays, I did get a shove from an opponent too, but I’ve still given more than my fair share of those!”

The veteran defender feels the Italian sides have struggled more than usual in the Champions League this season due to their UEFA co-efficient.

“We could’ve had a kinder draw, as could Milan, though we also made life difficult for ourselves with some slip-ups in the group.

“Napoli were fourth seeds and were paired with two incredibly strong teams like Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, so now need a miracle to qualify.”

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