UEFA Champions League

Season 3 Episode 13

Last 16 phase (1st leg-season 2007/08)

Aired Unknown Feb 19, 2008 on Sky Sports



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Gordon Strachan: (On Celtic's 3-2 defeat by Barcelona) We had a specific plan and tried to attack Barcelona but, no matter what level you play at, the team who passes the ball better wins. There were a few mistakes that cost us, I think in tennis they call it unforced errors. In the end it's disappointing to have scored two goals at home and not won the match. I think Barcelona have the best squad in the world, only time will tell if they are best team in the world. For us to have defeated them we would have needed nine or ten big performances, which didn't happen for us.

    • Luciano Spalletti: (On Roma's 2-1 win against Real Madrid) My team proved to be very mature and intelligent tonight because conceding an early goal to Madrid could have led to a very difficult night for us. However, we continued to play our own game and eventually we were rewarded for our excellent performance. It was a beautiful game with both teams playing very well but we deserved the victory. Madrid are very good at keeping possession and all of a sudden they can put you in trouble with some invention from their great players. We knew Madrid were a great side with players who are extremely good in one-on-one situations. I'm very satisfied with the way we played even if we probably could have done better with some counterattacks during the second half. I'm satisfied with the result even if we need another great performance in Madrid.

    • Mirko Slomka: (On Schalke's 1-0 win against Porto) It was the expected difficult and tight match for us. We started fantastically and scored through Kuranyi after a fine combination between Rafinha and Jones. We could have scored a second in the first half and had far more chances than Porto. A 1-0 win is our dream result. In the second half it was notably more difficult for us. The discussion about not conceding a goal was in our heads and the fans became nervous.

    • Carlo Ancelotti: (On AC Milan's 0-0 draw with Arsenal) We arrived in perfect condition but we were nervous and we paid a lot of attention to the defence. I think Arsenal played a good game, proving everything we know about them – they have great players, quality and determination. Qualification is still in doubt, we have achieved a good result but we are not safe for the return match. Pato had cramp and Nesta a muscle problem. There was a lot of pressure on Pirlo in the midfield and they didn't allow him to play with quality. No we are not sure, Arsenal have great quality and I'm sure they can do it in the return leg also.

    • Arsene Wenger: (On Arsenal's 0-0 draw with AC Milan) We played the game we wanted to play and overall we were playing at a high tempo for 90 minutes. The positives are that we put them under pressure for a big part of the game and for a whole 45 minutes in the second half. Also, we didn't concede a goal but we didn't take advantage of the chances we created because we were a bit too forceful and nervous in the final third with our final ball. Milan defended with a lot of experience and they adapted to the situation in thinking 'tonight we will be under pressure and we have to defend', and that's what they did.

    • Roberto Mancini: (Speaking after Inter Milan's 2-0 loss to Liverpool) Our biggest problem was playing with ten men. Playing with a numerical disadvantage against Liverpool made it very difficult. I wasn't at all surprised they gave a good performance as the Champions League is very important to them; it's all they have left to play for. Materazzi's sending off undoubtedly changed things. We continued to play well and hold out so it was real shame to concede twice late on. The second goal was disappointing but it is not necessarily the killer goal. Turning this tie around is not beyond our reach although I concede that few clubs have done it in the past. When I took off Julio Cruz, Liverpool seemed to get more space, but they didn't create many clear-cut chances. By the 85th minute I thought we could make it to end, but it's very difficult when you have only ten players on the pitch.

    • Rafa Benitez: (Speaking after Liverpool's 2-0 win against Inter Milan) It's a very good win but Inter are a good side so we have to be careful. I was very pleased with the attitude of the players and supporters tonight. The team played well. We were trying to score all night, and to score two goals in the last few minutes was fantastic. We played against a good team. They were well organised with ten men, difficult to break down and dangerous on the counterattack. Of course we needed to win if we wanted to progress in the competition. We did that tonight as a team. The last two games were similar. Against Barnsley we created enough chances to win. Today we probably had fewer chances and scored two goals. We knew how important it was not to concede if we wanted to progress. It'll be difficult for them but they are a good team so I repeat – we must be careful.

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