Angelo Alessio waits for Juventus win after draw with Nordsjaelland
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: October 24, 2012 11:30am
Angelo Alessio: Juventus assistant felt his side lacked a cutting edge against Nordsjaelland
Assistant coach Angelo Alessio says Juventus must 'roll up our sleeves' in search of a first UEFA Champions League win following the 1-1 draw with Nordsjaelland.
Juventus needed a late equaliser from Mirko Vucinic to salvage a point in Denmark and ensure the Serie A champions have now drawn all three group games.
Alessio felt his side were more than worthy of a point, but he admitted their profligacy nearly came back to haunt Juventus.
"We created so many chances, at least 14 or 15, but we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. Thankfully Mirko got the equaliser at the end, otherwise we might well have suffered a shock defeat," he told the club's official website.
"We lacked a cutting edge in the first half, especially in front of goal. We were much better in the second half and the lads performed well.
"What's different compared to the league? This is a step up, what might be sufficient in Italy is not enough in Europe. There are no easy wins in the Champions League."
"It's a shame we've only drawn but we need to roll up our sleeves, keep going and try to win our coming games."
Juventus have won seven and drawn one of their opening Serie A matches but they have been unable to carry that momentum into the Champions League.
Tuesday night was the third time in as many matches they had to come from behind to claim a draw in Europe's premier competition and Buffon has demanded improvement.
"I'm angry both about the result and the way their goal came about," said the Juventus captain.
"We gave away a needless free-kick and they were only going to score from a set-piece or a goalmouth scramble. The shot was perfect and there was nothing I could do.
"The first half was even but there was only one team in it in the second period and the result is not a true reflection of the game.
"What's different compared to the league? This is a step up, what might be sufficient in Italy is not enough in Europe. There are no easy wins in the Champions League.
"Nordsjaelland matched Chelsea for the best part of 75 minutes. Now we must do everything in our power to win our remaining fixtures."