Mancini: Game shouldn't have been played

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Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray stunned Juventus to secure Champions League progress but he admits the game shouldn't have gone ahead.

A dramatic late Wesley Sneijder winner sunk Juventus in snowy conditions in Turkey and while Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini thinks victory was deserved, he admits the game shouldn't have been played.

Mancini pulled off a shock triumph over compatriot Antonio Conte and progresses to the knockout stages, leaving Juventus to face a crisis.

The conditions made the game tough and after the final whistle Juventus officials complained that it should never have gone ahead.

"I thought it shouldn't be played today," Mancini told Premium Calcio. "It was dangerous for the players.

"The officials wanted to play and it was important for them to get the game finished."

Juventus had come into the fixture needing just to avoid defeat to secure second place with Real Madrid a long way clear in top spot.

"We knew that it would be difficult to get through. Juventus are stronger than us but in a one-off game we have players who can do good things.

"We deserved to win and our attitude paid off. Spirit and our approach to the game counted for a lot."

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