Genesio: 'Aim for top spot'

UEFA Europa League

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio has his sights set high after the 3-0 win over Everton; Nice Boss Lucien Favre lamented the late goal in the 1-0 loss to Lazio; and Marseille coach Rudi Garcia touched on Patrice Evra's pre-match red card.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

UEFA Europa League, Matchday 4

Group E

Olympique Lyonnais 3 - 0 Everton FC

Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "We're confident right now, but it was still tough against an Everton side who came here to sit back and keep numbers in the centre of defence. We just had to be patient and not make mistakes, but when you don't score early in this kind of match, you can put yourselves in danger. Everton went close to an opener, and that would have made it very tough for us. But we pounced on a small error and opened the scoring. We took a big step towards qualification. Now we need to get the job done against Limassol and aim for top spot in the group, which is a big factor in how we might progress in the competition."

Nabil Fekir (Olympique Lyonnais forward): "We did the job well. It was a good win against a good Everton side who struggled in the second half. A match is 90 minutes long and we played well for all of them. It would be great to secure qualification before December but at any rate we'll be looking to clinch top spot in the group. The derby [against AS Saint-Etienne] is looming and we know that the most important thing is to win it. We will give our all for our fans."

David Unsworth (Everton caretaker manager): "We were nearly perfect with our game plan for 70 minutes and had some chances we might have taken. The effort and the commitment were there, but we cannot cave in like we do when we concede a goal."

Group K

SS Lazio 1 - 0 OGC Nice

Simone Inzaghi (SS Lazio coach): "The fans really turned out tonight, and that helped us. We were up against a good, solid side who finished close to PSG and Monaco last season. They have had a few difficulties this season, but you never get any free lunches in Europe. I’m very happy with my squad; we’re the only ones in the Europa League to have won all four matches so far. But the toughest is yet to come."

Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): "We could have got a draw. And, three minutes from the end, you can't lose the ball like that up front. We should have made do with the 0-0. It's a shame because we played a good match; we were in control, calm. It's tough to swallow. We'll have to play very well against Zulte. It won't be easy. It's tough to conceded a goal right at the death. It's part of the sport, but it's tough. We played well, defended well and pressed when it was possible. We were just a little bit less calm right at the end."

Group I

Vitoria SC 1 - 0 Olympique de Marseille

Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille midfielder): "I think we lacked too much aggression, cutting edge and effectiveness in key moments tonight to hope to trouble Guimaraes. At the same time, Vitoria converted their chance. Now we just need to keep working hard as we have big matches coming up in the league."

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach, on defender Patrice Evra, sent off before the match for an altercation with a travelling OM fan): "Pat is a more-than-experienced player and obviously you can't respond to insults - no matter how low or unbelievable they might be - as they came from one of our supporters. Still he wasn't really an OM supporter, as you can't insult your own players; you should be behind everyone."


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