Antonio Conte lamented a poor performance by Juventus as FC Copenhagen battled to a 1-1 draw with the Serie A champ in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League opener in the Danish capital. Nicolai Jorgensen put the Scandanavian side in front early in the first half, before Fabio Quagliarella evened the score shortly after halftime. Conte insists that his players did not underestimate the opponent.
"No one has underestimated them," Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Copenhagen came out really focused and did not allow us to play our game. We are saddened with this result. A win here would have been fantastic, especially considering what happened in the other group game. But in order to win games you have to score." Galatasaray was thrashed 6-1 at home by Real Madrid in the other game in Group B. "Since I took over Juve, we have never had so many goalscoring opportunities," Conte said, adding that Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland was excellent.
Even Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken admitted his team was lucky to escape with a point. "Our first half was next to perfect," he said. "As the second half progressed we got tired, the distance between the players got bigger and we started to make the kind of mistakes you make as the result of being tired and missing control. However, we had a great goalkeeper and our heart was in it all the way."