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Vidal, Quagliarella thrilled with comeback

20 September 2012 07:43

Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella praised Juventus' resolve after they fought back from two goals down to earn a point against Chelsea.

After Oscar had put Chelsea two goals ahead inside the opening 33 minutes of the Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge, the Serie A champions dug deep to claim a respectable point and striker Quagliarella spoke of his delight at their strength of character.

"Considering the way the game was going, this is a very important result for us against the reigning champions," he said.

"It was a tough game. I was called upon and hoped to have a few chances to score. I took one and went close with another by hitting the bar. I gave my all."

Since the return of Sebastian Giovinco from Parma, the 29-year-old striker has failed to hold down a starting role, but remains optimistic of forcing his way into contention.

"It's certainly not easy to sit on the bench and watch the matches from the sidelines, but in a big team there is always going to be competition," he said.

"I always sit there hoping to start or to come off the bench. Maybe earlier than the last 10 minutes.

"I was running towards Marco Storari to celebrate with him and was very pleased to hug (caretaker coach) Massimo (Carrera), as he is someone who suffers along with us. It was his Champions League debut too, so we were all a bit tense and emotional."

Vidal suffered a knock to his ankle during the first half, but moved to reassure fans his injury is not serious.

"I had this ankle injury, but I am fine now and I'm happy the team proved the work we did last season led us to this. We're happy to be in the Champions League," the Chilean midfielder said.

"We showed the same heart as last year in Serie A. We want to play in three competitions and this is the Juventus we need to see every game.

"I am fine and will work with the doctors, so I should be fit for the weekend if the coach wants to pick me."

Juve's veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said his excitement at returning to Champions League football was tempered by his belief the team belong among the elite.

"Chelsea had their chances but all in all it was a very good game," he said.

"We are satisfied with the draw.

"It's not such a great feeling, because Juve's history is massive.

"Of course, after two disappointing years it's nice to be back in Champions League, thanks to the extraordinary season we had last year. We deserve to be here tonight."

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2 - 2

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
19 September 2012
Game week
1
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
40918

Goals

Oscar 31'
(assist by E. Hazard) 
1 - 0
Oscar 33'
(assist by A. Cole) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
38' A. Vidal
 (assist by C. Marchisio)
2 - 2
80' F. Quagliarella
 (assist by C. Marchisio)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
34
10
6
13
22
24
28
# Player Bookings
27 80'
33
32
2
24
30
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