Antic happy with a draw | World Soccer

Barcelona coach Radomir Antic admitted the result rather than the manner in which it was achieved that pleased him following the 1-1 draw with Juventus in Turin.

“We didn’t play our best match of the season but the result we got out of it was optimal,” he said.

“Juventus scored first from a set-piece and this gave them a lot of confidence, but we reacted in a great way in the second half and continued to work until we got the equaliser.”

“I am sure that we will see a completely different Barcelona at the Camp Nou,” he said.

“And of course there willbe 100,000 fans cheering us on. It is difficult to say whether we are favourites now and I am not going to speculate in percentages. All I can say is that it will be a different Barca.”

Meanwhile, Juve boss Marcello Lippi was disappointed that his team were unable to translate their territorial advantage into a much-needed win.

“I don’t think that the result was fair,” he said.

“Juve did more than Barcelona and deserved to win.”

“I don’t think we could have played better than we did today,” he said.

“We didn’t have Trezeguet, and (Marco) Di Vaio was not in perfect condition. In addition, some of our players have just recovered from injuries, but I hope that their physical condition will have improved in two weeks’ time.”

“Despite their goal I don’t think that it will be that easy for Barcelona to beat Juventus, even in front of 100,000 fans,” he said.

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