Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini admitted his side could not cope with Bayern Munich’s tempo in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League defeat.
The Serie A champions had let in the fewest goals in the competition prior to kick-off but their 490-minute European spell without conceding was brought to a sudden end when David Alaba struck after just 25 seconds at Allianz Arena.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the game, Chiellini said his side were taken aback by Bayern’s intensity during the quarter-final first leg.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult match for us, Bayern played at an incredible tempo and we struggled to keep possession when we were trying to build our game from the back,” the Italy international said.
“We hoped to earn a better result tonight but there are 90 minutes left; we will have to play with more intensity, like Bayern did today.”
Chiellini expressed concern at Juve’s lacklustre performance but vowed improvement in next week’s return leg in Turin.
“We know we can play better than today and I’m sure we will,” he said.
“We will continue to dream and we will make sure that we won’t have any regrets after the return leg.”
Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon also thought Bayern deserved victory and felt his side were fortunate to escape with a two-goal deficit.
“It’s clear we had some certainties about ourselves, but there’s nothing to say tonight, as they thoroughly deserved the victory and had even more chances to hurt us,” he said.
“Our opponents were better on the night, that is the truth. At times we had less sharpness under their pressure and I tried to alternate passes with longer kicks.”
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