Champions League Reactions: Matchday 2
Lyon coach Syvinho said his side turned a corner in beating RB Leipzig; LOSC's Christophe Galtier was pleased with his team's effort in defeat to Chelsea.
Wednesay, October 2, 2019
UEFA Champions League Group G
Julian Nagelsmann (Leipzig coach): "We conceded a couple of goals tonight and that's our own fault. We simply can't commit so many mistakes at this level. It was a high-tempo game and the guys otherwise defended well. I can't blame the players. Lyon only really had one real chance and they scored two goals. We created at least four chances and could have scored two as well."
Sylvinho (Lyon coach): "This match is a turning point for us. I'm very proud of my players and very happy for them. They responded well and showed that they had nerves of steel. It's a well-earned victory against a strong team who were physical, technical and tactical with an excellent coach. I changed to playing three at the back but it's never a system that creates a victory. It's players who win matches. In the last few games we've let results slip in the last few minutes and this can damage confidence. [Memphis] Depay was not the only star today. I saw 14 outstanding players play and four on the bench who didn't play but celebrated just as much as the others."
LOSC 1-2 Chelsea
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "We lost our second match and first at home. We were too timid early on. We were up against a team who are used to dealing with this kind of game every weekend, who play in Europe every season, and you could feel the difference. We had some highlights, collectively. To unbalance such an opponent, you need to be at 110, 120, 130 per cent. My players put more energy and commitment into the match than they did against Ajax [LOSC were beaten 3-0 on Matchday 1]. They gave everything, but it wasn't enough."
Frank Lampard (Chelsea coach): "We're alive but there's still a long way to go in this group after our defeat against Valencia [Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by the Spaniards in their first game]. The fans nearly lifted the roof off the stadium. The atmosphere was great, Lille are a team that can play quickly on the counter-attack. We had to be ready. We played really well. We scored early and we were able to set the tempo. We still have work to do but given our performance, the chances we created away from home, we deserved to win."
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
UEFA Champions League Group A
Galatasaray SK 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We started strongly but lacked precision. That meant it was goalless at half-time. The pitch was not easy and there was also the quality of Galatasaray and the atmosphere in the stadium. We need to learn to suffer, to defend and to fight. The team did what they had to do in that regard and it shows that we are capable of adapting to different situations. Mauro Icardi said to me he could start the match without having done much training. His goal was not the most difficult of all time but it was an extraordinary goal in its construction. Mauro was there to put it away. He can still grow in confidence and he can improve physically too, but it is good to have him with 'Ney' and Edinson Cavani out and Kylian (Mbappé) only on the bench at kick-off. That goal means we have six points from two matches. We worked hard. Everyone was tired in the dressing room. We are playing with more and more intensity. That makes a difference, as it did against Real."
Mauro Icardi (Paris Saint-Germain): "I am very pleased with how the team played and I am very happy to have scored the winning goal. I am still recovering. I am not yet at 100 percent but scoring the goal meant the pain went away."
Younès Belhanda (Galatasaray): "When you look at how the game went, I thought we could have got a draw. Against teams like that, the slightest little mistake leads to a goal. We played well. We didn't create many chances but we showed our quality. They pressed Real really hard but were not able to do that against us. We pressed them too and prevented them from playing at times."