UEFA Champions League

Season 3 Episode 9

Matchday 3 Group Stage (season 2007/08)

Aired Unknown Oct 23, 2007 on Sky Sports



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Zico: (On Fenerbahce's 0-0 draw with PSV) We played very well and did a great job in defence. We created some chances and PSV weren't as dangerous through the wings as we thought so we are satisfied with a point. We hope that we can continue this type of performance later on in the group stage. Regarding the red card, I respect the decision of the referee but I couldn't see the incident well enough. Our qualification hopes are still in our own hands and we have to continue the good level we showed here tonight. Although it's a very difficult group we feel if we keep playing like this, we'll have the chance to reach the next stage.

    • Ronald Koeman: (On PSV 0-0 draw with Fenerbahce) We had a difficult match today and we were a bit untidy with our play through to the strikers. The match was also interrupted a lot by fouls and that's why we couldn't achieve the tempo we desired. Especially in these matches, the last pass or the last assist has to be good, but in the attacking areas we weren't good enough although I'm satisfied with the result. Although our qualification chances are still in our own hands, it will be both difficult and exciting until the last round of matches. For the return in Istanbul we will look to attack them more with the extra possibilities that will exist over there. But we know it will be difficult as well and we have to make less mistakes. After the red card we tried to create more attacking opportunities but Fenerbahçe have a strong squad and defended really well today. I think we're in a much stronger group than last year.

    • Arsene Wenger: (On Arsenal's 7-0 win against Slavia Prague) I feel we showed tonight that the team is improving. We played at a good tempo, were very creative and looked like we were enjoying what we were doing. We kept going, the players enjoyed it and it was a joy to watch. Maybe we overplayed a little bit in parts of the game but we played a mobile, technical game. Once Theo Walcott scored we saw him a lot more. I believe he has the talent – the problem is not to hurry him too much. He has intelligence and fantastic pace but we need to be patient. What is important tonight is to praise all the players who won the game. I still think there is more to come from the team as they are all very young players.

    • Roberto Mancini: (On Inter's 2-1 win against CSKA Moscow) It was an important and deserved victory. CSKA are a very good side but after conceding we dominated the game and we could have scored even more than two. We are sad about Vieira's injury but these things can happen when you return from a long absence. It's a big blow for us because Vieira is a great champion and a very important player. It's really important to have forwards who can always change a game like Crespo did tonight. However, I also congratulate Samuel for his goal and because he has been in great form for a long time now. CSKA made a very good impression on me. They started very well and got us into trouble early on. It's impossible to dictate a game for the entire 90 minutes so I'm satisfied with the performance of my team after their goal. We have not yet qualified but tonight we made a big step forward because this is a very important win. Now we will have the chance to earn ourselves the qualification by winning our home games.

    • Valeriy Gassaev: (On CSKA Moscow's 2-1 defeat by Inter) In the first half we played well, created good chances and had the advantage. In the second half Inter played better and substitutions which were the result of injuries weakened our position. And of course Inter's second goal was a result of a goalkeeping error just like in our previous match against Fenerbahçe. By making such mistakes we can hardly get many UEFA Champions League points. Until the injuries happened we had our best lineup with the exception of Vágner Love, who was injured playing for Brazil last week. With two losses and one draw it's difficult to do much in our group but we will prepare hard for the remaining three matches and continue to pursue our chances even if they are only theoretical.

    • Paulo Bento: (On Sporting's 2-1 defeat by Roma) It was a very even game for 70 minutes, but after they improved in the second half we struggled to react and gave them too much space to counterattack. We never really lost the control of the game, however. It was an important match for us and unfortunately we lost it – it now means the next game will be even more decisive. We have to beat Roma next time if we want to have some chance of progressing to the knockout stage. Roma have experience and plenty of technical and tactical quality. I don't think Totti's injury gave us an advantage, because his replacement played very well and did well to beat our defenders. In two weeks we will see how good we are. We have to learn from tonight's experience and try to put them under pressure when we face them at home.

    • Luciano Spaletti: (On Roma's 2-1 win against Sporting Lisbon) We were not very relaxed at the beginning, which is normal because we were coming from a series of games in which we conceded a lot of goals. However, we were very determined and approached the game the right way, even though we knew it was a very difficult test. I was sure sooner or later we would be able to gain control and we did. The victory was fully deserved because we did not risk much while we had several chances to score. We didn't start quickly but raised our tempo in the second half. The game in Lisbon will now be decisive for qualification. I haven't given Vučinić much chance but today he had more time to prove his worth. He is a very good forward who can cover all roles in attack. He can give us that something extra that can decide a game.

    • Sir Alex Ferguson: (On ManUtd 4-2 win in Dynamo Kyiv) Scoring four goals away from home in Europe is a good performance. I think our attacking play was very, very good and we could have scored some more goals. There were moments in the second half in particular when Dynamo improved as well. This match was a good advert for European football as both sides tried to attack at will. I am pleased with the result as these three points put us into a very good position. We have a good strength in depth. Any changes did not affect their performances, O'Shea came in at left-back and did excellently, Anderson came in for Scholes and also was excellent. Nani, Tévez and Anderson have been excellent in adapting to English football. Early in the season Tévez and Anderson played in the Copa América and they missed pre-season work, and it takes time to get to the fitness levels they're at now. Rooney's been injured and Ronaldo was suspended. They all now playing and you can see the difference.

    • Frank Rijkaard: (On Barcelona's 0-0 draw with Rangers) We started well and had good possession, but we were disappointed not to score. In general it was a good match, although we know we have some things we must work on. I think the team played well enough to have won, though Rangers defended very well. In the UEFA Champions League a draw away from home is not a bad result. Rangers have shown already in this group what they are capable of. They are a very strong side and their position in the group shows that. Rangers have the chance to progress from the section in their own hands and they must be pleased with what they've achieved.

    • Walter Smith: (On Rangers 0-0 draw with Barcelona) I'm delighted with my players' performance, I can't praise them highly enough. We were up against the best football team in the section and it was always going to be tough. But we were excellent. In football, you always expect a chance or two, we never really had that tonight, but I'm very pleased with winning a point. We're still feeling our way in the Champions League, this team has progressed a long way in a short time. In this section we've come up against three very good teams and we haven't lost a game, that says a lot for the players.

    • Alain Perrin: (On Lyon's 2-0 win in Stuttgart) It was an important win for us today, because we knew that Stuttgart would put us under pressure. We did well to withstand that pressure for 20 minutes, than we went on the attack and had some good counters. But it was not an easy match and was only over when we converted our chances in the second half. There was always some uncertainty until then that maybe we had already missed our chances in the first half. But then we had more chances in the second half. The team worked as a unit today, they defended as a collective unit and attacked together. We said before the match that it would be important to overtake Stuttgart in the table today, but we have to confirm that in a fortnight when they come to visit us. However, progressing to the first knockout round is not in our hands at the moment.

    • Armin Veh: (On Stuttgart's 2-0 defeat by Lyon) After Saturday we were determined not to concede another early goal against strong opposition. That worked out well at first, then we wanted to create our own chances, but that did not go so well. I told my team at half-time that they should keep the game goalless as long as possible, so that we could have a chance to win in the final phase of the match, but then we conceded a goal in a way that's typical of us at the moment. After that, it became really difficult for us to change the flow of things. Lyon were the better team over the entire 90 minutes, they demonstrated the individual class of their players and absolutely deserved to win. At the moment we are not capable of creating chances against such a strong team. Of course, we did better than at Hamburg but that's not saying much. We improved, but we have to say out that this was not good enough.

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