Juventus manager Antonio Conte has called on his side to improve in Europe following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Bayern Munich.

The Italian side were brushed aside at the Allianz Arena after goals from David Alaba and Thomas Muller put Juventus’ hopes of making the semi-final in serious jeopardy – the Italian manager was full of praise for the German outfit.

Conte told Sky Italia: “Obviously we faced a really strong side. It wasn't a surprise. We must be honest. They are a really strong side and they have beaten us."

The Juve manager guided his side to their first legitimate Serie A title since 2003 in spectacular fashion – having not lost a single game – and his side currently occupy first position, nine points ahead of second place Napoli.

While they have had great success in the Serie A in recent years and the good football to match, Conte wants to see an improvement in Juventus in the Champions League.

He continued by saying: “For sure we have returned to being competitive in Italy but in Europe we must improve.”

The Bianconeri manager has noted that Tuesday’s defeat highlighted the gulf in class between his side and the top teams in Europe.

The Juventus boss finished by saying: "These are matches that let us understand the distance between us and these top sides.

"Now we must prepare for the second leg. Bayern are strong but we take this loss as experience and we will try to improve."

The second leg of the quarter-final tie will take place on the 10th April with the Italian side looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit, whilst Bayern are hoping to get one step closer to two consecutive Champions League finals.


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