Sylvinho: 'We should have won'
OL boss Sylvinho cited stress as a possible reason for his side's 1-1 draw at home to Zenit on UEFA Champions League Matchday 1, while LOSC boss Christophe Galtier wants more cutting edge after defeat to Ajax.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
UEFA CHampions League Group G, Matchday 1
Groupama Stadium, Lyon
Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Sylvinho (Olympique Lyonnais coach): " We didn't start the game well, maybe because we were a little stressed. It's always stressful to play at home for the first Champions League match, but once we relaxed, we were better. It was not easy against a packed defence. In the second half, I asked my team to keep their confidence. Considering how we played, I think we should have won this game. The competition is still going on and we have to keep taking points. I have a young team that needs the support of everyone, including the fans and all the club staff."
Sergei Semak (Zenit Saint Petersburg coach): "I think the result is fair. Lyon did put us under pressure but the number of goal-scoring opportunities from both sides was probably equal. It's a tough group and anything is possible here."
UEFA Champions League Group H, Matchday 1
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
AFC Ajax 3-0 LOSC
Erik Ten Hag (Ajax Amsterdam coach): "It was a fantastic evening for everyone. Those who were present in the stadium took advantage of it. We played against a very good team and we made some mistakes that almost cost us dearly. Fortunately, our rearguard was there to save our skins. But overall, my team played very well and produced what we want to see from our players. We'll have to be careful next time."
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "We played the way we wanted to, and we put them in danger. But this match was about being effective in both penalty areas. According to UEFA, Ajax's goalkeeper was man of the match, which shows that we created situations for ourselves. But that's not enough at this level; you have to punish your opponent. It was the first game and we had a tough start. In the last 25 minutes of the first half, I thought we were going to come back level. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to score that goal."