Thursday 20 September 2012
Despite lauding a "perfect" debut from Oscar, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said his side were left feeling "disappointed and deflated" after squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Juventus in their first UEFA Champions League Group E match of the 2012/13 campaign.
Chelsea looked in control after two strikes in as many first-half minutes by summer signing Oscar, who was making his first start for the Barclays Premier League leaders.
"Oscar is still a young man but he is well established with the Brazil team. We are lucky to have him"
Roberto Di Matteo
However, Arturo Vidal halved the deficit on 38 minutes and with only 10 minutes remaining Fabio Quagliarella marked his own opening night in the Champions League with an equaliser.
"Oscar did a perfect job tactically and scored two goals," said Di Matteo. "It was a great debut. It was just the right moment for him to start the game in the Champions League. He has been mostly away with his national team so we need a bit of time to work with him. He was perfect tonight.
"He took on board the information we gave him and it was great to see we have a player like this in our ranks. He is a big talent. He has got a bit of everything. We shouldn't forget he is still a young man but he is already well established with the Brazil team. We are lucky to have him here."
However, it was difficult for the Italian to shake the feeling of two points dropped rather than one gained. "We feel a little bit disappointed and deflated," said Di Matteo. "We found ourselves in a great position to win the game and only got a draw, but we knew we were playing against a quality side with a lot of good players.
"We made a couple of mistake for the goals, but they showed good movement and quality finishes."
In Wednesday's other Champions League tie featuring a Barclays Premier League club, Manchester United edged a 1-0 win against Galatasaray in a performance their defender Nemanja Vidic described as "nervous".
"They had a few counter-attacks and caused us problems but it's because we were nervous"
United took the lead through Michael Carrick's seventh-minute goal but passed up the chance to extend the lead when they missed their third successive penalty kick as Nani's second-half spot-kick was saved by Fernando Muslera.
Galatasaray then hit the woodwork twice and United were indebted to a fine double-save by David de Gea that ensured Sir Alex Ferguson was able to celebrate his 100th Champions League match with a victory.
"We were a bit nervous because of the experience we had last year" said Vidic, referring to the disappointing displays that cost his side qualification from the group stage last season. "We know how important it is to win the first game and we did it and this is the most important thing.
"We can move from this game on and work on [improving] our game. They had a few counter-attacks and they caused us problems in terms of that but it's because we were nervous."
Chelsea 2-2 Juventus
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 FC Nordsjaelland
Manchester United 1-0 Galatasaray
Braga 0-2 CFR Cluj