Juventus centre-back Nicola Legrottaglie was almost at a loss for words last night after the Italian giants suffered a resounding 4-1 home defeat by Bayern Munich and waved goodbye to the Champions League.
“Bayern’s qualification was more than deserved,” he admitted to Sky Sport Italia.
“This elimination is really unexpected. It seemed like there were 15 of them out there. I had never seen them play like that.
“But we will be able to react and get up again.”
It promises to have been a short-lived respite for under-fire boss Ciro Ferrara who had received widespread plaudits in the press only four days ago after a crucial 2-1 win over Serie A leaders Inter to re-open the title race.
“We had prepared well for this match and whoever will criticize us should make a careful examination of conscience,” insisted Legrottaglie.
“We gave our all, no-one wants to lose, but we can all falter. We demand respect. Now we want to win the league above all and then the Europa League and the Coppa Italia.”
Vince Masiello, Goal.com