Jose's verdict on United 0 Juventus 1
The manager has offered his assessment of the performance and defeat against Juventus...
ASSESSMENT OF THE MATCH JM: Well, first of all we played on a rugby pitch, did you see the lines? That’s not easy, it adds a little bit of confusion, maybe. Jokes apart, the boys they tried. They tried hard. They deserve a different result, I think. I think the point would be fair. The best team in the first half, Juventus. The best team in the second half, Manchester United. But Juventus is this for years and years and years. Lots of quality and incredible knowhow on how to defend based on the two of the best central defenders in the world. Very difficult to win any kind of duel with them, they are everything. They are experienced, they are tall, they are strong, they are good in the air, they are fast, really difficult and we tried. In a team without solutions on the bench to try to bring something different to the game due to the injuries we have. So I have to say, not happy with the result. Happy with the commitment, the effort that the boys put on on the pitch. THE MESSAGE AT HALF-TIME JM: We had some adjustments because it was difficult to get into, especially with Matuidi, Pjanic, it was difficult to be there and difficult to take the ball from them and to put pressure on them which they managed to have the ball for long periods during the first half and frustrate us. In the second half we were better in the way we pressed them and recovered the ball faster and then we were more aggressive in the approach, in the mentality. So, I think a goal was missing. Normally you score a goal. I really missed Fellaini, because when we are dominant, we are playing in the opponent half and the opponent closes the way they did and they brought Barzagli as a third centre-back. Fellaini there is a player that gives us different things. We missed him, but the boys gave everything and when the boys give everything and go until the last second I am always happy with them. PRAISE FOR THE DEFENCE JM: Yes, Lindelof and Smalling, they played well, they played well. In the first goal, a bit of a positional situation with them, with the midfield players, but they played well. They were fast, they were aggressive, they dominate the space, adapt very, very well. Chris and Victor, they pressed up, they got Cristiano in the movements that he does behind the defenders. They were really positive, both. THE GROUP H LANDSCAPE JM: We knew that since the beginning. We have four points, three matches to go. In every match we can do points like today we could get one. But I believe this is going to the last match in Valencia which is a normal situation when the group has a super team like Juventus and two good teams like us and Valencia.