Matchday 4 reactions - Tuchel: 'I liked it'
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was a happy man after his side beat an extremely competitive Club Bruges 1-0 to clinch a place in the quarter-finals; opposite number Philippe Clement felt his side's performance was 'almost perfect'.
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
UEFA Champions League Matchday 4
Group A, Parc des Princes
Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 0 Club Bruges KV
Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "They have played 25 matches this season and lost just two... to us. They had nothing to lose tonight and they started very well. Perhaps the game was a little too open in the opening stages, but we slowly got control of the game and I liked it. We missed a few chances on the counterattack after the break and maybe we wanted to hold on to the 1-0 lead. But we all saw Liverpool and Chelsea yesterday, it's tough for everyone at home. You mustn't forget that a lot of players were coming back from injury and that others have been playing a lot of football. There was a bit of fatigue out there and we lost a few easy balls. But I'm not worried by the mentality of the players."
Philippe Clément (Club Bruges KV): "We're disappointed because we were very close. When we watch all our Champions League matches, we could have had more points, especially in the first leg. But I am very proud of our team's performance. Finding a plan in advance to hurt PSG was not difficult when watching their games in recent months. My players did it almost perfectly but they just missed a few details in the execution, against a team that had its best players. My players turned in a great performance and they defended well."
Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Group G, Groupama Stadium
Olympique Lyonnais 3-1 SL Benfica
Rudi Garcia (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "I am satisfied with the result because we had to recover the points lost in Portugal at home. We knew that by winning, we could also get Benfica out of the qualification race. Leipzig's result [a 2-0 win away to Zenit] means that we could stitch up qualification in our next match. It wasn't all perfect though, because this team caused us problems in the second half - but that forced us to show solidarity and defend well. [On Memphis Depay] He felt pain in his hamstring. It's a warning. He wanted to continue but there was no way. Maybe his being subbed off allowed Benfica to be better because we had lost our technical leader. Maybe it gave them a boost. About Memphis' condition, we'll know more tomorrow [Wednesday]."
Bruno Lage (SL Benfica coach): "We had a terrible start to the match, with [Joachim] Andersen's goal and Ferro's injury exit. The first half was not good but we were able to reduce the gap to 2-1 after the break. We had a few opportunities that could have allowed us to come back. When we wanted to go for the draw, there was this tragedy of the third goal that caused us to lose 3-1. With three points from four matches, we will have to win against Zenit."
Group H, Camp de Mestalla
Valencia CF 4-1 LOSC Lille
Albert Celades (Valencia coach): "In the first half, we didn't find an answer, but we were not far behind. The second half became spectacular. The fans were very supportive; it's easier when we walk hand in hand. This match highlighted the mentality of the players in difficult times. We showed it today and in the league too. This team has character and the ambition to move forward."
Christophe Galtier, (LOSC coach): "We didn't do what we had to do, as the scoreline obviously demonstrates. In the 81st minute, at 1-1, we had to take risks in terms of our game plan. We had an hour of good-quality play, and at times it was even very good. We had a turning point, perhaps, in the 52nd minute, when Yusuf [Yazici] had a big chance. The second was the penalty, which leaves us with a lot of regret, because it kept Valencia in the game. It was pretty severe. But that's the way it is, the ref blew his whistle. Until the 81st minute, we tried to stay in the game, to make changes to be more incisive. From the 81st to the 90th minute, though, it was a nightmare."