Ivan rues defeat: “Only thing missing was the goal, now we need a good second half of the season”

David Ivan believes Sampdoria would have been good value for a point against Juventus on Sunday night.

“It was a good performance from us,” began the young Slovakian after the game. “It’s a shame we couldn’t take our chances to get the second goal, but we should be proud of how we performed because we were so close to a draw.”

Asked about Paul Pogba, who scored Juve’s first, Ivan declared: “Pogba is a fantastic player. Playing against him is a dream for anyone. I just tried to stay focused and give my all.”

Ivan also had praise for Samp goalscorer Antonio Cassano: “Playing alongside Cassano is wonderful. He’s a legend. He’s always helping you, giving you advice – he’s really incredible. His goal gave us a massive boost tonight. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the result because we deserved a point. That said, we’ve recovered and since Lazio we’ve been doing well. If we keep this up we’ll have a good second half of the season.”