Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes the club face an ‘uphill’ battle to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages after drawing with Galatasaray.
Juventus remain in second spot in Group B following the 2-2 result, but after drawing their opening clash with Copenhagen, the reigning Serie A champions are quickly falling behind group leaders Real Madrid.
And after being only minutes away from victory against the Turkish giants, Conte admitted the club were now fighting for its life in Europe’s premier competition.
"You have to pay attention, even if the team has put in all of the effort to overturn the result," Conte told Sky Sport. "Now the path is uphill, but we should not be discouraged.
"We will have to play to our very maximum in the next four games. If we are good enough then we will progress, but if we do not progress it will be because others were better."
However, Conte argued there was not much more his team could have done against Galatasaray after Stephan Lichtsteiner and Mirko Vucinic succumbed to injuries.
"Lichtsteiner and Vucinic have muscle injuries, but I cannot change the system because we don't have the wingers necessary to play in a 4-3-3 except Simone Pepe," Conte said.
"I must always make a decision based on what I have available in the squad. I cannot play Lichtsteiner or Mauricio Isla higher up."
Meanwhile, Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini has bemoaned the penalty that allowed Juventus a foot into what he described as a “strange game”.
"It was a strange game, as Juve went behind and they were awarded a penalty which was, shall we say, strange?" he told Sky Sport Italia.
"I don't think they would have been able to score tonight without the penalty and I don't think should have been one."