Antonio Conte says his men have got plenty to be proud of after standing toe-to-toe with the financial muscle of Real Madrid in tonight’s 2-2 draw at Juventus Stadium.
The Juventus boss expressed his satisfaction at his team’s swagger and determination to put their expensively assembled visitors on the back foot during an exciting 90 minutes in Turin.
And he believes there are plenty of positives to reflect on ahead of the Bianconeri’s crucial penultimate Group B clash against FC Copenhagen at the end of the month.
Speaking at Juventus Stadium, the 44-year-old said: “We come away from this game stronger and the team deserves a high rating tonight. We played a perfect first half in terms of our organisation, intensity and quality of play. It was inevitable the tempo would drop following the restart and when it happens against champions like Real’s you’re made to pay However, there was a great desire to turn things around and I would have Casillas down as the man of the match.
“I liked our bold approach in taking the game to Real. Our Champions League journey needs to see us develop and today we’ve witnessed many situations we need to work on. However, the transfer dealings weren’t particularly evident tonight. We showed that what happens on the pitch counts more than spending power.
“Now we’re duty bound to win against Copenhagen. We’ve taken much less than we’ve deserved from this year’s Champions League, but we’re still in it and it’s now all in our hands. The most important thing is to play with the same intensity. If we were to get through the group stages, this team could hold its own, making up for any potential technical gap through organisation and intensity.”