Genesio staying prudent
OL coach Bruno Genesio was hoping his side's attitude in the 1-0 second-leg win over Villarreal that qualified them for the round of 16 is here to stay; Rudi Garcia felt his OM deserved to qualify despite losing 1-0 in Braga.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
UEFA Europa League, Round of 32 second leg
Estadio de la Céramica
Villarreal CF 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais (OL through 4-1 on aggregate)
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "What does this win mean for the season to come? I'm going to be prudent, given what we've been through already this season. I'm happy with how the team played, and my heartfelt congratulations go to the players for what they showed tonight. But you have to be able to produce that kind of attitude every three days. And while we are capable of doing that, I have to say that nothing is over yet, including in the league."
Estadio Municipal de Braga
SC Braga 1 -0 Olympique de Marseille (OM through 3-1 on aggregate)
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille): "The main thing is that we qualified. We showed two faces, with a slightly timid first half in which we lacked determination - especially up front where we turned the ball over too easily. In the second half, we showed the face we wanted to show and we had chances but didn't take them. We didn't deserve to lose, as over the two matches we didn't falter. But we will have to improve things in our Europa League away games because I didn't like this result at all."
RZD Arena, Moscow
FC Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 0 OGC Nice (Lokomotiv through 4-2 on aggregate)
Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): "I feel that my side did enough to have hopes of turning things around. We created chances, especially in the first half, with one or two in the second. The problem is that we didn't score when we had the upper hand. We hit the bar and then the post and then they scored on the counter. We knew the size of the task we had in front of us in order to qualify. In the second half we pushed but couldn't get there. But this was not a poor performance from my lads."