Garcia: 'Surgical'

UEFA Europa League
28/07/2017

Marseille boss Rudi Garcia was full of praise for hat-trick hero Valère Germain and Bordeaux boss Jocelyn Gourvennec knows a tough return leg awaits after Champions League third qualifying round first-leg wins at home on Thursday.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg

Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

 Olympique de Marseille 4 - 2 KV Oostende

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "We're only at the half-way point; there is still a second leg to play. Tonight, it was important to win. We showed some good things, like our 21 shots on goal, many of which were on target. We could have scored more but conceded more as well. We let the Belgians play their game a bit too much and we have some things to work on, notably in terms of balance. But tonight, Valère [Germain] was surgical. It's magnificent for his confidence; he couldn't have dreamed of better for his first match at the Vélodrome. It's a great way to win the hearts of the fans. I knew it would be tough tonight but we will head to Belgium looking to play to our strengths."

Yves Vanderhaeghe (KV Oostende coach): "After ten tough minutes, we hit back well and got the penalty. Then, in the first half, we were too wasteful with the final ball. In certain moments, we mixed it with Marseille and I think that the 2-1 scoreline at the break, while a fair reflection, could more easily have been 2-2 rather than 3-1. We bounced back again though and it's a shame we conceded the fourth goal. Still, I believe that anything is still possible. Before this match, people were giving us just a ten per cent chance of qualifying. Even though I would prefer to only be one goal behind, I think that qualification is still possible. But it will be tough.

Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux

 Girondins de Bordeaux 2 - 1 Videoton FC 

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Girondins de Bordeaux coach): "It's always good to win. We were up against a side playing their seventh match of the season. We played a good match, an accomplished match in which we only lacked a little bit of precision in our bid to widen the scoreline - which is perfectly understandable in your first game of the season. We lifted to the level of intensity that this kind of match calls for. If you're playing the first leg at home, it's always much better not to concede any goals, but in the end it was simply most important to get the win. The return leg will be a tough match. We have won the first one, and we know that in order to qualify, we will need to score goals in the second one. I would say our chances are like 50-50 except that they're obliged to get a win and we're not. They will have the home-ground advantage but we know that we can score an away goal at any moment."

Marko Nikolic (Videoton FC coach): "It was a good match - you wouldn't necessarily think it was one of the very first of our season. We managed to score at the right moment but Bordeaux have some very good players. We managed to get the better of them in midfield. I'm disappointed as this is my first defeat as coach of Videoton, but we still have a chance of qualifying in the return leg. I'd like to congratulate Bordeaux, who have an excellent team. Bravo to the coach and his staff. We saw a great match tonight and we will do our best to qualify in the return leg in Hungary. We're expecting a packed stadium on Thursday and we'll go all-out to cause an upset."

 

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