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Chelsea disappointed as Juventus earn 2-2 Champions League draw

posted 20 Sep 2012, 04:56 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 20 Sep 2012, 04:57 ]

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is disappointed that his side let slip a 2-0 Champions League lead against Juventus, whose assistant coach Massimo Carrera says he remained calm and confident.

LONDON, UK (SEPTEMBER 19, 2012) (REUTERS) - 
Juventus fought back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in their Champions League Group E clash in London on Wednesday (September 19).
Chelsea's Oscar, on his full debut, scored two goals in two minutes in the first half, the second a marvellous curling effort that gave Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal no chance.


Arturo Vidal capitalised on some slack Chelsea defending to make it 2-1 at the break, before Claudio Marchisio intercepted a poor pass by Jon Obi Mikel to set up substitute Fabio Quagliarella to score for a deserved equaliser in the 80th minute.


Things could have been even worse for Roberto Di Matteo's side, Quagliarella clipping the top of the Chelsea crossbar in the dying moments of the match.


Speaking at the post-match news conference, Di Matteo said he was disappointed that his side let Juventus back into the game.


"Of course we feel disappointed and a little bit deflated. We found ourselves in a great position to win this game and we only got a draw," he said.


"I thought it was a good game of football played against a good team who are always dangerous, they've got a lot of quality in their team. We feel disappointed because we should have closed the game."

The high point of the match for Chelsea was Brazilian Oscar's assured performance.


"It was a great debut for Oscar, it was the right game to start. He did a perfect job tactically and scored two goals, the second one was a wonderful goal," said DI Matteo.


Chelsea's Italian coach was not impressed by the performance of Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca, who turned down an appeal for a penalty for a challenge on Eden Hazard and let several robust clashes go unpunished.


"The referee tonight didn't do anything on many challenges, the game is finished now for us, maybe UEFA has a look, but we have to move on," said Di Matteo.


Juventus assistant coach Massimo Carrera, taking charge of the team after the suspension of coach Antonio Conte, was delighted with his team's fight back.


"We could have won it, we could have lost it as well. We have proved tonight that we can play European football at this level," he said.


"The first goal we conceded because Vidal was off the pitch at that point, the second goal was an amazing goal from Oscar, but we always did well and we had to rethink our physical condition throughout the game and that's how we turned the match around."


Despite falling behind, Carrera insisted he was always confident Juventus would get something out of the game.


"Obviously I was calm and confident, we weren't conceding much to Chelsea, we also had a chance in the first half as well, so I just said to the team 'stay calm and confident, just play your way' and we just kept doing that," he said.


Chelsea next face a trip to Denmark to play FC Nordsjaelland, while Juventus host Ukranian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

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