Juventus defeated Celtic 2-0 last night in Turin to advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The Italian side won comfortably 3-0 in the first leg at Celtic Park, the return leg was just a formality for the Bianconeri.
"The difference is quality," Lennon said. "Quality counts and that was the difference between the two teams over both games.
"I think over the two games we played very well but we were just a little bit short in some areas. There is no disgrace in that. Juventus are a fantastic team with a great work ethic. Maybe they don't have the flamboyance of a Barcelona but they work so hard for each other, have great balance and are a threat going forward. They've got a great chance of winning it and I hope they do."
Celtic began the match fairly well but were punished after just 24 minutes of play when Alessandro Matri pounced on a rebound from a Quagliarella shot on goal to but the home side in front. They doubled their advantage in the 65th minute when Vidal was allowed to evade Izaguirre, before offering a cut-back which Quagliarella easily converted. After the second goal by Juventus the game slowed down and everyone was just waiting for the final whistle to blow.
Juventus are through to their first quarter-finals of the Champions League in seven years.