Thursday September 22 2011
Barzagli and Buffon: 'We were better'

Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon praised Juventus' performance on Wednesday, despite the team dropping two points to Bologna.

Defender Barzagli reflected on a dominant display by the Turin side, one that came despite playing the second half with 10 men after Mirko Vucinic's sending off.

"We put in a great performance and the three points were the only thing that was missing.

"It's a pity because winning would have put us top of the table. It's only the third game but it's already evident that this year we have something more.

"We need to continue to improve in order to win matches like this one, but I think that this evening we were also a bit unlucky and their goalkeeper pulled off some fantastic saves.

"We'll keep going in the same way, because we dominated both the first-half and the second period, despite being down to ten. In fact, I don't think you could tell that we were a man down."

Buffon reiterated Barzagli's belief that the Bianconeri were the better side, and of the influence the sending off played on proceedings.

"We've been very aggressive, focused on overcoming our rivals despite we were one man down. We're upset because we didn't clinch three points which would have had a special value."

The goalkeeper saw his defence fail to deal with Daniele Portanova's aerial threat, with the experienced centre-back climbing highest in the second half to head in the equalising goal.

"He's a header expert, he always scores three or four goals like this during the season. In football, situations with inactive balls may often be decisive."

"Obviously, with a regular manning, we would have had much more chances to win, but in sports there aren't unexpected events…

"We've played good games so far, I think that our involvement on the pitch is valuable. This should make us proud of ourselves. However, we're leading the table, even if along with other sides.

"However, we could be alone at the top… this should spur us in the future, helping us to be more aggressive."

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