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11 Dec 2013 - in: Champions League

Chiellini: “We should have already qualified”

Giorgio Chiellini expresses his frustration after Juve were knocked out of the Champions League this afternoon against Galatasaray: "Today we weren't able to do what we'd worked on over the last few days but we should have already been through”

After conceding that the team should have done more earlier on if they were to qualify for the Champions League last 16, Giorgio Chiellini has expressed his understandable disappointment at the way Juventus' run came to an end in Istanbul this afternoon.

Speaking shortly after the final whistle sent Galatasaray rather than the Bianconeri into Group B's second qualification spot, the 29-year-old commented: "We should have just come here for a holiday, instead we were made to pay for the points we dropped in Copenhagen and the first game against Galatasaray when they came back.

"This wasn't really football today, we weren't able to do the things we'd worked on over the last few days. You could see yesterday that we weren't under threat until the game was suspended, while today we were punished for one incident. We're all very disappointed because getting to at least the last 16 of the Champions League was an important target in terms of our progress."

Chiellini concluded with a look ahead to the Europa League competition which the Bianconeri now join after finishing third in Group B.

"Now we'll have to do what Chelsea did last season: they went out of the same group we were in yet found the strength to pull themselves together and win the Europa League. Now it's too early to talk about the final in Turin, there are too many games to play. Plus first we need to think about the league and Coppa Italia."