With Fabio Quagliarella scoring for the second Champions League game in a row - a European clash which Juventus again dominated in terms of possession and shots on goal - he was torn between pride in his own exploits and the feeling of deflation that inevitably accompanies losing a lead in the twilight stages of an important match when speaking after the game.
In a post-match interview straight after the final whistle, the 30-year-old striker described his feelings on suffering that late blow: “It’s a shame, at one point it really did look like we’d won it. It’s disappointing because we had the better of the game, and conceded from their only two shots on goal. If anyone deserved to win tonight, it was Juventus.”
He went on to put Didier Drogba and Umut Bulut’s goals down to a simple case of luck not being in the Bianconeri’s favour at the moment: “Moments like that are part and parcel of football, and currently they’re going against us.”
The Neapolitan concluded with his verdict on the penalty awarded to him by referee Viktor Kassai after being felled by a clumsy challenge in the Galatasaray box.
“It was a stonewall penalty, the defender arrived at speed and contact was inevitable, I couldn’t stay on my feet. I always look to make myself available, and the manager knows that I’ll give my all whether I’m in the starting line-up or I enter the fray during the game. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes less so.”