Garcia: 'Not qualified yet'
OM boss Rudi Garcia was happy after the 3-1 last 16 first-leg win at home to Athletic Bilbao, but warned against complacency; Lyon counterpart Bruno Genesio had no complaints after a 1-0 win away to CSKA Moscow.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 1st leg
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "We wanted to play the same game we played against Braga, and we did that. It was a good match and all the players deserve congratulations. We played some good football; we took fewer touches and moved well while keeping density around our 'keeper and linking up well in attack. Still, we're only at the half-way point of the tie. We're not qualified yet. We conceded an unfair penalty that re-opened the match, but we're happy with our two-goal lead."
José Angel Ziganda (Athletic Bilbao coach): "The match was complicated for us right off the bat. We struggled but we didn't lose hope; our task is difficult but we don't have to move a mountain. Two goals is a big deficit but there will be a great atmosphere for the second leg, and we will need to keep our emotions in check. We knew how [OM forward Florian] Thauvin plays, and we wanted to mark him, but it's difficult."
VEB Arena, Moscow
CSKA Moscow 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Viktor Goncharenko (CSKA Moscow coach): "Based on how the game played, we didn't deserve to lose today, but that's football. Unfortunately, we couldn't conclude our attacking actions - unlike in training, they turned out rather chaotic. Also, the pitch didn't help; we lost a lot of balls while in possession, or when dribbling and passing. Now, it's important for us to win in Grozny because of the situation in the championship, but then we need to go to Lyon and get the win. One away goal can change a lot."
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "The evening could have been perfect had we been able to score a second or even third goal, as I think we had the chances to do so. But it's still an excellent result away from home. The conditions were very tough, with a shoddy pitch and low temperatures that the players had a really hard time with. There are real positives in terms of what lies in front of us before the international break; we're coming off a win and we have no significant injuries. We're at the half-way point of this tie now."