Juventus honoured Italian football against Benfica, says Conte

The Bianconeri boss felt his players dominated after conceding a third-minute goal and were merely punished for falling "asleep at the back" in the closing stages

Juventus coach Antonio Conte believes all of Italy can be proud of his side's performance despite their 2-1 loss to Benfica in Lisbon.

A late Lima goal saw the Portuguese champions triumph in Lisbon, after Carlos Tevez had cancelled out Ezequiel Garay's early opener in what proved a tightly contested Europa League semi-final first-leg clash at the Estadio da Luz.

"There is great result for this unjust result," Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

"The game didn't start in the best way, as we conceded a couple of minutes from a set play. However, after that we took control and allowed Benfica practically nothing.

"We felt from one moment to the next they would capitulate, but instead their goal arrived out of nowhere. It's a shame. At that moment we were pushing for a second but we fell asleep at the back.

"The semi-final is open and the Juventus Stadium can match the extraordinary atmosphere in Lisbon.

"This performance gives me confidence. We didn't come and play like a stereotypical Italian team, we attacked and kept up the tempo. We kept up the honour of Italian football tonight."

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