Garcia: 'Closer to winning…'

Rudi Garcia
UEFA Champions League

Lyon boss Rudi Garcia did his best to stay upbeat despite a late defeat away to Benfica; LOSC boss Christophe Galtier felt his side did well to bounce back for a 1-1 draw with Valencia after conceding an early opener.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

UEFA Champions League Group G

SL Benfica 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais

Bruno Lage (Benfica coach): "We had a good start to the game. We played a high-level first half. In the second, it's true that Lyon had more control, but they weren't that dangerous. I think that, on the whole, we had more opportunities than our opponents and I think our victory is well deserved. We are competing in a tough, demanding competition. If the fans are not satisfied with our performance, I don't know what to say. It is normal for the opponent to react. We lost control of the ball in the second half, but we had to win and we did. That's the main thing for me. It took all three points to keep believing in our qualification. It's a very balanced group. We will now fight with the other teams to qualify."

Rudi Garcia (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "[On 'keeper Anthony Lopes, whose error led to Benfica's late winner] I haven't seen him yet because he's at the doping control, then I'll hurry to see him, to comfort him. Anyone can make a mistake. We're with him. Of course, this goal came at the worst time - late in the match, when it was complicated to come back and equalise. But we were closer to winning the game than losing it. After that, we have to be objective: we didn't have a good first half. We have skilled players, but we have to do better, we have to play more sequences in one touch and release the ball better and faster. The team nevertheless showed personality. We could have won. Now we'll have to beat Benfica in two weeks' time at Groupama Stadium. Tonight I didn't see too much of a gap between the two teams. We were much better in the second half and they were better in the first. A draw seemed more logical to me."

>> MATCH REPORT: Lopes error gifts Benfica victory

UEFA Champions League Group H

LOSC 1-1 Valencia CF

Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "I'm disappointed for my players because they played a real Champions League game, with intensity, rhythm and the desire to move forward. Just like our supporters. So I'm frustrated despite the late equaliser. We really dominated this opponent without being able to convert the host of opportunities in our favour. This was our most successful game in the competition this season. Within a few minutes, we were losing. But the investment of my players and their desire to enter the battle of a Champions League match salvaged us a point. We really bridged the gap between us and our opponents. My lads played the game I expected in terms of spirit, activity and the ability to always move forward, even if we made mistakes in attack and defence."

Kevin Gameiro (Valencia striker): "Frustrating? Yes and no, because we didn't play the game we wanted to play even though we scored. We came across a very good team, which set a lot of pace and physical impact and the draw was well deserved given the match. We could even have lost him, so we can be happy with the draw. We didn't play our game and we were a little surprised. It was Lille's physical impact and their very attacking system that bothered us. They missed a lot of chances, but they put a lot of pressure on us. It's about details in the Champions League and we almost won over a detail, over a counter. The group remains open and we have two home games left where we will have to do the work."

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