Although he was unable to get his name on the scoresheet this evening, the Old Lady’s top scorer Carlos Tevez states that qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase was all that mattered once William Collum’s final whistle sounded at Juventus Stadium.
Speaking after the game, the 30-year-old said: “This is where the Champions League really begins: it doesn’t matter who we get drawn against, what’s important is managing to go through.
“It was a game of two halves. During the first 45 minutes, the match was more open with both sides giving as good as they got.
“They shut up shop during the second period, however, and we were forced to shoot from distance because it was impossible to play through them.”
Three games now separate the Bianconeri from the impending winter break and Tevez concluded proceedings by stating that he and his team-mates are looking forward to their time off.
“The Christmas break and holidays will do us good. We’ve had four months of playing regular football, it’s normal that a bit of tiredness has started to creep in.”