Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said his side were ‘deflated’ after being held to a 2-2 Champions League draw by Juventus on Wednesday.
Despite a first-half double from Brazilian midfielder Oscar, the reigning champions were unable to hold onto their advantage.
Arturo Vidal’s quick reply before the break was followed by substitute Fabio Quagliarella, who netted the equaliser with 10 minutes to play.
It could have been even worse for Chelsea after Quagliarella hit the woodwork in the dying stages, with Di Matteo a little disappointed not to have won all three points at Stamford Bridge.
“We feel a little bit deflated at the moment,” Di Matteo said afterwards.
“It was a very good game and towards the end either side could have won it. We had chances to get the third goal and close the game out, but they equalised and in the end it was a fair draw.
“We found ourselves in a great position to win the game and only got a draw, but we knew we were playing against a quality side with a lot of good players.
“We made a couple of mistake for the goals, but they showed good movement and quality finishes.”
The Italian – who was at Chelsea as a player from 1996 to 2002 – sang the praises of Oscar, who made his first start for the club in stunning fashion.
“Oscar was perfect tonight,” he said.
“We were waiting for the right game to put him in and he did a great job tactically and scored two goals; his second was fantastic. He played a big role for us today.
“He’s a big talent. We shouldn’t forget he’s still a young man, but he’s already established with the Brazil national team, which is very difficult. We are very lucky to have him on our team.”
Juventus assistant coach Massimo Carrera was delighted with his side after they fought back to claim a point.
“We did very well tonight, we were in good physical condition and that’s how we helped turn the match around,” Carrera said.
“Vidal reflects the soul of this team. He was injured and we were going to take him off, but he said he was OK and he came back to score a goal – it just shows our strength. We were losing by two goals but came back fighting.
“We also know we have weaknesses that we have to work on. We could have won it; we could have lost it as well. But that’s football. I’m just happy that tonight we proved we can play European football at this level.”