Lacazette: 'Hard to digest'

UEFA Europa League

Olympique Lyonnais scorer Alexandre Lacazette said the narrow 5-4 aggregate defeat to Ajax in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals was hard to digest; coach Bruno Génésio told his players to hold their heads high.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg

Olympique Lyonnais  3 - 1  AFC Ajax (Ajax win 5-4 on aggregate)

Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach):
"I'm very disappointed and frustrated. I am proud of my players, though. It was 3-1 to us with ten minutes to go and we had 11 against ten. We had chances for the fourth goal but we couldn’t score it. We made a poor start but then we scored two goals in two minutes which gave us strength for the second half. The players are disappointed, but they can keep their heads held high. They gave everything."

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon striker):
"It's disappointing, especially since we managed to win on the night. We came so close and it's hard to digest. That's part of life in football, though. We lacked defensive solidity in the first leg and we knew it would be difficult after that. We want to do better and learn from our mistakes."

Maxime Gonalons (Lyon captain): "We had two games where we showed two very different sides of ourselves. We must try and analyse why we put ourselves in difficult situations sometimes. We need to make progress in this area. We gave everything, as did the fans. Everyone was great this evening. The club did everything possible to get to the final, but unfortunately it wasn't to be. We do not need to be ashamed after how we played, but we are disappointed and frustrated."

Jean-Michel Aulas (Lyon president): "It's a disappointment but football is made of immense highs and lows. We were worried Ajax would pull away after the first leg but instead they got their hardest game in this season's competition. We can regret the first leg but take immense pride in how we played the second. We remember this beautiful European stadium [the Parc Olympique Lyonnais]: we will make the Europa League final here next season. I see Ajax winning the competition now."

Peter Bosz (Ajax coach): "The guys handled the pressure well, created a couple of chances and scored with one of them. Everything was fine until the very end of the first half. Lyon started to believe and the crowd were behind them so it was difficult. At half-time I told my players not to panic. We had to hold on at the end after Nick Viergever's red card but we did that. It is a victory for football."

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