Lecce narrowly missed out on the chance to extend their unbeaten start to the Serie A season to the six games, as Arkadiusz Milik’s solitary strike handed Juventus all three points. Roberto D’Aversa stressed on his side’s missed opportunity and blamed referee Antonio Giua and his sideline officials for the defeat, which was marked by controversy as Daniele Rugani seemed to have handled the ball in the build-up to the goal.
Speaking to the press in his post-match conference (via CalcioLecce), D’Aversa pointed out the details which according to him changed the course of the match.
“The corner wasn’t there? I don’t want to create a controversy, but the handball could also have been assessed without the VAR. The corner was non-existent, period. I got a warning on the pitch for this. We don’t create alibis. The evaluations today were wrong.”
“Pontus Almqvist was honest in a one-on-one with Andrea Cambiaso in the second half. It could have been a red and the foul can be given even without diving. Mohamed Kaba didn’t deserve a second yellow card. We lose a player for the next match. It is our second controversial red card. It’s clear that they are not alibis but sometimes you can see better. We could have done better and we lost because we created less, I’m satisfied with the defensive phase.”
Lecce conceded a goal in the second half for the first time this season as Juventus emerged from the traps to upset the odds.
“In my opinion, we had an excellent defensive phase n the first half. We conceded little apart from Federico Chiesa’s shot. We could have played better with the ball, we forced plays and allowed counterattacks. It was a balanced draw, it could have gone better regardless of the unfavorable or favorable episodes.”
D’Aversa was left disheartened by the defeat but admitted his side was technically not at their best.
“My regret is for the result. It’s never nice to lose but we had a good game. Juventus will fight until the end for the Scudetto. We were playing at their home and they had some difficult moments. We knew they would start strong. If we had achieved a result we would have had to do it through our merits and not their demerits. We came to play with personality and look for a positive result, but we did something wrong technically. I am saddened by the result.”
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