Conte: Juventus face uphill task to qualify from Champions League group

The Bianconeri boss admits his side's future in European competition this season is shrouded in doubt after their 2-2 draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday night
Antonio Conte believes Juventus face an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League knock-out stages after Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Galatasaray.

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The Bianconeri came from behind to take a 2-1 lead in the Group B encounter but Umut Bulut's 88th-minute equaliser ensured that the Turkish outfit left Turin with a share of the spoils.

And the Juve coach was left ruing his side's lack of concentration, which means they now enter their double-header against Real Madrid with just two points from their opening two games.

"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."

Conte may have to do without Stephan Lichtsteiner and Mirko Vucinic over the coming weeks after both left the field with injuries and the 44-year-old admits he may be restricted without the pair.

"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," he reasoned.

"I must always make a decision based on what I have available in the squad. I cannot play Lichtsteiner or Mauricio Isla higher up."

The Old Lady are back in action on Sunday when they entertain AC Milan in Serie A, while their next clash in the Champions League sees them travel to Real Madrid on October 23.