Garcia: 'Miracles don't happen by accident'

UEFA Europa League

Marseille coach Rudi Garcia praised his side's belief after a late goal saw them maintain their chances of knock-out round qualification; Lyon boss Bruno Genesio demanded more from his side despite a big win.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

UEFA Europa League, matchday 5

Group I

Konyaspor  1 - 1  Olympique de Marseille

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "Miracles don't happen by accident. As was the case in the last match, the team believed right to the end, despite being a man down. The substitutes rose to the occasion. We once again worked as a team, even if we have a lot of things to review. In the space of a few seconds we went from a very difficult situation to one in which we still hold our fate in our own hands. We're still in it. Even though we can't top the group, we can qualify. We have to beat Salzburg. We played some good football but, as was the case in Bordeaux, we were once again lacking in terms of our finishing."

Group E

Olympique Lyonnais  4 - 0  Apollon Limassol FC 

Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "Despite the scoreline, we need to do much better. We achieved the objective of qualifying, and we scored four goals, but I think that we need to hold ourselves to higher standards, as PSG did on Wednesday [in their 7-1 win over Celtic in the UEFA Champions League]. We need to be able to score more goals and to be more consistent over the course of an entire match. [On captain Nabil Fekir, back from suspension] When you have a player like Nabil, it's always better to have him on the field than not. He's a player who can make the difference. He is lightning quick and decisive and he can score or set up others to score. He's a huge plus, but we have to be able to get the job done even when our best players are missing."

Group K

OGC Nice  3 - 1  SV Zulte Waregem

Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): "It's good that we have qualified. It's something that hasn't happened for a long time for Nice, and it's fully deserved after the matches against Zulte and Vitesse. We'll use the final group stage match to give some time to players who haven’t had much, or lads from the reserve team. But it was a very, very tough match. Qualifying is a big relief for everyone. But there are still some big teams in the competition, like Milan and Arsenal. Nice are in that group of 32 teams. We need time to reach the same level we enjoyed last season. But we'll improve bit by bit."




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