Ancelotti: PSG 'showed great pride'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his side's response to recent criticism as they beat FC Porto, while Montpellier coach René Girard regrets going out of Europe without a win.
Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It was a good performance. We found our spirit, and the players showed great pride in the face of severe criticism. It was very important to finish first, and very important to play some good football and show character. On Saturday, climbing back up the league table will be important. There will be plenty of time to focus on the league, with the Champions League not coming back until February. I want to see professional and serious players working for the team. What I read in the papers is not true. It is perfectly that the Brazilian players should speak with each other, it is easier for them. The important thing is the relationship all the players have on the pitch and tonight we saw that it was not bad. To be five points behind Lyon in Ligue 1 is not good. I am sure that things will now improve quickly. The draw will be difficult but we are entitled to think that obtaining the first place and getting 15 points is a really good performance. There is no particular problem in the PSG dressing room. When you have to build a team with lots of new players, you need time."
Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain captain): "Winning against a team like Porto will kickstart things for us. We are much more focused when we play against big teams in the Champions League than when we play in Ligue 1. I will be honest; we concentrate much more on our matches in the Champions League. That is not good but it is the way it is."
Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain): "We are a young team. Of course, the Champions League motivates us much more. Today we played at a very good level and I hope that on Saturday we will manage to do the same thing. My match gives me confidence. I played well. The whole team has been through a rough patch, not just me. We have not been winning games. There have been a few defeats and we are not top (in Ligue 1) anymore."
Vítor Pereira (FC Porto coach): "I am not satisfied. When we played Paris at home, we were more aggressive. We also lacked concentration and didn't have enough of the ball. I take responsibility for rotating my squad against Braga (in the Taça de Portugal last weekend). We need to take the positives out of this match. We need to be fully concentrated and show more aggression. In the reverse fixture we completely dominated them. This will serve as experience for the future."
René Girard (Montpellier coach): "I am satisfied. I am not disappointed but I think that we deserved to win the game. We weren't far away from winning it at the end. It was a hard-fought and very interesting match. We have done well in the two matches against Schalke, but our regrets lie with our results against Olympiacos where we had the chance to pick up some points. We have seen what the Champions League is all about, and I hope we will get another crack at it. We have not been at our best in this campaign. We have had a fair few injury problems. You can't improvise at this level, but (Emanuel) Herrera showed that he is finding his rhythm. He could have won the game all by himself, and that is encouraging for the remainder of the season. I am proud of the lads. I am disappointed with the result, yes, but we just didn't get the breaks. I would have preferred to have gone out of the Champions League with a victory, but I saw what I wanted to see from my team."
Huub Stevens (Schalke 04 coach): "Given the state of the pitch, the two sides produced a good match. We had the better chances in the first half. Both teams wanted to win the game. In the end we didn't really need to look at the result in the other game with Arsenal losing (2-1) in Greece. The players who were out on the pitch deserved to get some game-time. The team showed good spirit. Montpellier played well and are a team that plays with technique and movement, typical characteristics of the French game. There are no small teams in the last 16. It is perhaps a small advantage to finish first but there are no little teams left."
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