Friday December 9 2011
Conte: Bologna ‘keeper was super

Bologna ‘keeper Federico Agliardi was the main reason why Juventus were forced to work so hard for their Coppa Italia victory on Thursday, says boss Antonio Conte.

The Old Lady had enough opportunities to win the game in normal time, but a string of fine saves from the former Palermo man forced the match into extra-time.

“Their goalkeeper made some extraordinary saves,” the Turin tactician said following the 2-1 win which secured qualification for the last eight.

Juve thought they had won the encounter after Emanuele Giaccherini netted late on, but Bologna responded with an injury time strike.

“It was really disappointing to concede in the 95th minute because it forced us to make extra sacrifices,” the tactician continued.

“I had some good responses out there though from some players who haven’t played that much this season.

“And I’m happy because this Cup competition is important for us.”

Claudio Marchisio came on to score the winner, but Giaccherini impressed with his goal after being used in a more central midfield position.

“He’s the kind of player who knew how to make the best of himself with smaller teams and now he deserves to be at Juventus – as he’s shown this evening.”

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