Juventus complaints futile - Nedved

The Bianconeri executive says his side can have no complaints over their Champions League exit and is determined to put in a good showing in the Europa League
Juventus board member Pavel Nedved believes complaining about the state of the pitch in his side's match against Galatasaray last week would be futile.

The Italian giants exited the Champions League after a 1-0 loss in a mud-soaked encounter at the Turk Telekom Arena after the tie had initially been abandoned due to snow.

Many have complained about the conditions in Istanbul but the Czech legend says he did not take the Europa League draw as an opportunity to complain about the decision to play the match.

“In the Champions League we got what we deserved. We didn’t complain with Uefa officials today, it was useless to do it," he told reporters.

“In Istanbul the pitch was awful, but the schedules were already full, so it would have been impossible not to play on Wednesday.”

Juventus have been handed another tie against Turkish opposition - Trabzonspor in the Europa League last 32 - and Nedved is determined for his side to give a good account of themselves in the continent's second competition.

“The Europa League is very underestimated, we want to play it at our best, the road ahead is still very long, the fact that our Stadium will stage the final is not an obsession yet," he continued.

“Let’s take it step by step, we’ll play at Trabzonspor and we know it will be an uncomfortable travel and a difficult fixture.”

Victory over the Black Sea outfit could see Juventus paired with Fiorentina in the following round but Nedved is refusing to think too far ahead.

“If we progress, then we’ll think about a possible game against Fiorentina.”