Juventus deserved at least a draw, says Marchisio

The midfielder says Thursday's performance against Benfica was one of his side's best in Europe this season and is adamant they deserved a better result than a 2-1 defeat

Claudio Marchisio feels Juventus deserved more than a 2-1 defeat in the Europa League semi-final first leg against Benfica on Thursday.

Ezequiel Garay gifted the Portuguese champions an early lead before Carlos Tevez restored parity after the break with his first goal in European competition for five years.

The Portuguese champions sealed a hard-fought victory thanks to Lima's fine finish in the 84th minute, but Marchisio believes the Bianconeri had merited at least a draw for what he felt was their best showing in Europe this season.

"We could and we should have kept the draw, at least. We did not manage to but we will try to turn things around in the return leg," Marchisio told the official Uefa website.

"It was important to score at least one goal, it's a pity to have conceded the second late on because we had more chances than Benfica in the second half.

"I think this was one of Juventus's best performances in Europe this season, if not the best. It's an important sign, it means we are growing as a team because it's not always easy to play well at the end of the season when you are missing a few players and legs are a bit tired. We certainly played a good game."

Juventus resume domestic action away against Sassuolo on April 28 before the return leg against Benfica on May 1.

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