Champions League news

Juve's wait for European win continues

October 3, 2012
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

A record setting eighth consecutive European draw left Leonardo Bonucci and Massimo Carrera to admit that Juventus were "too timid" in their 1-1 stalemate with Shakhtar Donetsk.

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The unwanted string of results stems back to the 2010-11 Europa League campaign under Gigi Delneri and stand-in coach Carrera blamed it on their failure to seize the initiative, a trait which has characterised the side during their long unbeaten Serie A run.

He told Sky Italia: "We went out on to the field a little timid. We knew it was a difficult opponent, even if people said it would be easy. We were tense, conceded a goal and did well to get straight back on level terms.

"We know our group is tough and we will fight it out to the end with another two teams. Every opponent is strong in the Champions League, so we must do our best to go as far as possible in this competition."

That view was supported by Bonucci - whose goal drew the Bianconeri level after they had fallen behind to Alex Teixeira's opener. The defender also praised the spirit of the squad in fighting back to take a point.

"Considering the way the game was going, we certainly did well to get it back on track," he said. "We went on to the pitch a little too timid and allowed them to control the tempo. We cannot afford that, as nobody gives you an inch in the Champions League.

"Juve must always control the game from the first to the last minute. When we attacked them, we put Shakhtar under a lot of pressure."