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30 Jan 2013

Conte: “We deserved better”

“The last chance had a decisive bearing, we would have qualified had it gone differently. Congratulations to Lazio”

Antonio Conte believes the Bianconeri were unfortunate to see their Coppa Italia final hopes go up in smoke after dominating over the course of the two-legged semi-final with Lazio.

Speaking after a pulsating evening’s football at the Stadio Olimpico, the 43-year-old said: “We certainly deserved better over the 180 minutes, but Lazio went through and congratulations to them.

“The last chance had a decisive bearing, because we would have qualified had it gone differently. The lads played an excellent game, but that’s football and we can only take note of it.”

Regarding his team selection, Conte added: “Matri had a high fever up until yesterday so I didn’t have any other options available in attack.

“Quagliarella did well when he came on. Marrone? I envisage a great future for him in the centre of defence, but he also did well in midfield.

“I’m happy with how my players expressed themselves. We know exactly where we’ve been lacking in this recent period.”