It may have been a defeat on the night but ultimately what matters is Juve secured their passage to the Coppa Italia final for the third year in a row – an achievement Andrea Barzagli insists the Bianconeri fully deserved.
Barzagli: “We were in control”
“We were in control of the game and we played better than we did on Sunday,” the veteran defender explained after the semi-final second leg at the San Paolo finished 3-2 to the hosts.
“We know this is a tough place to come, though. It only takes one small slip-up and you can pay for it. You can't drop your guard for a moment here.”
Gonzalo Higuain's brace proved to be decisive as Juventus prevailed 5-4 on aggregate and the Argentine was booed by the home crowd on his return to his former stomping ground.
“That's part and parcel of the game,” Barzagli observed. “But he's a top striker and we're delighted he was able to score two tonight.
“We're having a great season and we're not affected by any of the negativity. People always like to talk about Juve – you expect that. We don't pay any attention to it really; we just concentrate on ourselves.”
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