Marchisio: Juventus could have lost against Shakhtar

The Italy international feels the game could have gone either way, and has stressed that Juve cannot afford to slip up again
Claudio Marchisio has conceded that Juventus could very well have lost Tuesday's Champions League encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk, and added that the Serie A champions will have to get maximum points from the upcoming double against Nordsjaelland in order to keep their chances of reaching the knockout stages alive.

The Turin giants fell 1-0 behind early in the game when Alex Teixeira found the net, but Leonardo Bonucci restored parity shortly after. Both sides got a number of chances to bag the full three points, but were unable to net a second at Juventus Stadium as it ended all square.

"We were up against a side capable of playing good football, and very fast on the break. We didn't start very well but then we managed to get a handle on them and could even have gone in front," Marchisio was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"There were a few tired legs out there towards the end, though, and – credit to our opponents too – we could have lost the game, too.

"Now we have a double header against Nordsjaelland which, on paper at least, should be a bit easier. We still need to approach them very carefully though. We can't afford to slip up.

"We've only just got back in the Champions League and we all need to prove that we're good enough to be here."

Juventus sit third in Group E with two points from as many games.