UEFA Champions League

Season 3 Episode 10

Matchday 4 Group Stage (season 2007/08)

Aired Unknown Nov 06, 2007 on Sky Sports



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Sir Alex Ferguson: (On Man.Utd's 4-0 win against Dynamo Kyiv) It was a very good game for the young players as they came up against a different system to what they are used to with three centre-halves. They found the first 20 minutes tough in terms of opening up the game although it did after the goal which was headed in by Piqué. The second goal was a great piece of football and great skill between Carlos Tévez and Wayne Rooney. The second half we could have scored more, but then equally we could have conceded goals as Tomasz Kuszczak had to make a great save just after half-time. They were very defensive and very organised and it is difficult and somewhat tedious to break teams like this down. They clearly came with a plan to make sure they were not embarrassed. Piqué was fantastic tonight and proved again what we think about him here - he is a boy of great stature who can play in central midfield, right-back or his natural position of centre-half. Given the way we experimented last year and were embarrassed, we want to beat Sporting to win the group.

    • Manuel Jimenez: (On Sevilla's 2-0 win in Steaua) We were well aware of how strong Steaua are and that's why we took every measure necessary to counter their strength. Our win was well deserved, but Steaua were not at all inferior. We should have been more than 1-0 up at half-time taking into consideration how we played in the first half and the opportunities we created. Steaua started the second half well but step by step we came back into the match and the final score reflected what happened on the pitch. I wanted to offer Renato the chance to show what he can do and rested Luis Fabiano. He played behind the forwards because Steaua's central defenders are very tall, and did his job very well, not only in midfield but also in front of goal. The match with Arsenal will be very important; that will determine first place and it will be a special game, not only for our fans but also for the players. It will be a real match of champions.

    • Roberto Mancini: (On Inter's 4-2 win against CSKA Moskva) In my opinion it was a beautiful game to watch. I think their two goals woke us up as we were sleeping a bit at the start of the game. There were not many fans tonight and we did not have the right mental approach in the warm-up and in the early stages of the game. Fortunately my players did very well to come back quickly from 2-0 down. Should Ibrahimović win the Ballon d'Or? I don't know if he will win it this season but I believe he will win that trophy more than once during his career. He was outstanding. CSKA are very strong in attack. We started with three centre-backs but we were struggling a bit with that system and not pushing much on the flanks, so I decided to move Chivu on to the left and Maxwell into midfield. I think we improved after that change. I think it's important to play the return leg at home in the Round of 16 so we want to win the next home game to finish 1st in our group. I think it could give us a good advantage for the rest of the competition.

    • Frank Rijkaard: (On Barcelona's 2-0 win against Rangers) I am delighted with the result and I congratulate my players – it is an important step for us in the competition. It was important for us to score early, though it was never easy against such a tough defence. Márquez pulled a muscle during the warm-up and we all decided he shouldn't play but I don't think it's a serious injury. We were the better team; we played well and could have won by five or six. Ronaldinho is a very important player for us and he worked well with Messi. I took him off so he could savour the crowd's applause and because there was no need to take any risks when we were 2-0 up.

    • Luciano Spalletti: (On Roma's 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon) What I saw from the bench is Roma deserved a result. We played with balance but gave the initiative to Sporting who scored twice from two situations which we could have defended better. We reacted well to score. We were missing some players and my job is to support the ones who were playing. The players who came in showed character and proved that they were up to the task, and for that I have to salute them. With two games to go, having not qualified, we have to continue this way. We made some mistakes but talked at the break and improved. For me, showing character made amends for the defensive errors.

    • Zico: (On Fenerbahce's 2-0 win against PSV) My team did their best to make sure we won. I want to congratulate all of my players individually as they were motivated, smart, tough and fought hard for the result. I would also like to congratulate all the supporters. We know they support us on the good days and the bad days, but tonight we really felt they were always with us. To be in second place is a huge success, we think we will qualify together with Internazionale but there are still two more games to play. We have to get two draws or win one of them otherwise our hopes of qualifying will be in jeopardy. In the next game, CSKA Moskva will fight for the UEFA Cup spot and PSV Eindhoven will face a tough match as a result. We set ourselves a goal before the group started: to qualify for the knockout stage. To reach your aim you have to work hard and trust yourself. We are doing both at the moment and deserve to go through.

    • Alain Perrin: (On Lyon's 4-2 win against Stuttgart) We had to win to stay alive in the Champions League, even if a draw would have been enough to guarantee us a UEFA Cup place. We knew that the Germans would play offensively and they really were very good. I predicted that there would be a lot of goals scored because both teams play open football. I was nervous until the end of the match when Juninho scored. Now we have to do the impossible and win against Barcelona at home and hope that Rangers lose in Stuttgart. Hatem Ben Arfa didn't begin the match as well as he could, but he is a very talented player and he made the difference thanks to his talent. It's always important for a coach to have players like this in the team.

    • Arsene Wenger: (On Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Slavia Prague) The result is a positive one because we have qualified and did not concede. The defensive performace was good, even if our attacking display was average. Slavia played well in defence after conceding the seven goals in London and our tempo was not high enough to create enough space for chances. I am a little disappointed with our young players, but it's always difficult to win away in the Champions League and I am convinced they will play better next time. As we have qualified I might continue to rotate the team; the lineup will be different again in the next game. Our target is to get first place in the group. It's important we do in terms of who we could play in the knockout stages.

    • Rafael Benitez: (On Liverpool's 8-0 win against Besiktas In previous games we were creating chances but we couldn't score. When we scored the first goal we played with more confidence. The first goal made the game more open, they had to come forward to try to win and put pressure on our defence. This gave more room to our forwards. We know we need to win the next two games to qualify and we will go into the Porto game with confidence. Porto need to come to Anfield and they will be worried. They have got experience in Europe, however, and should be able to cope with the pressure.

    • Jesualdo Ferreira: (On Porto's 2-1 win against Marseille) It was a fair result because Porto was stronger than OM in the second half. In the first period we didn't play well, and they were the better side. The half-time score was a little unfair, but Sektioui's goal was amazing. Justice was done by OM's goal, but after that Porto were the better side. We started to play the attacking game that we had planned and managed to score another great goal. We deserved the win. In first half we didn't play as a team and there was no player, with the exception of Tarik, that played well. In second half everything changed for better.

    • Avram Grant: (On Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Schalke) We wanted to win but it's not easy to win at Schalke as they're a strong side. It's not a bad result but was not our best performance, although I don't think we played that badly. We're in a position where everything is in our own hands, and we're very happy with that. The Premier League is not the Champions League - this is an away game in European competition. Schalke are very strong at home, we knew that, and that's one reason why it wasn't our best game. They made life difficult for us. We are still first in the group, while Schalke threw everything at us because it was their last chance to qualify.

    • Mirko Slomka: (On Schalke's 0-0 draw with Chelsea) We responded really well to the loss at Cottbus. We fought with passion and determination and although some will question why we didn't attack more in the closing stages we know how dangerous Chelsea always are and were determined not to give them a chance on the counterattack. We created a number of genuine chances and won a lot of individual battles and you have to applaude my players for that. We tried to learn from the first leg when we failed to stop their defenders from getting forward. This time we turned it around and our right and left-backs contributed a lot to the attack.

    • Delio Rossi: (On Lazio's 2-1 win against Werder) Our great pride was the key to this victory. We played really well in a very difficult period but we always give our best in this kind of situation. I have to thank my players for their approach. I'm especially happy for the players who have not had much of an opportunity until now. We have lots of injured players and our squad is not very big so we have been forced to field the same players without the possibility of rotating the squad. We wasted many opportunities in the first half, I thought the yellow shirt of their goalkeeper was the reason because we were always shooting at him. The victory was fully deserved and we still have the chance to qualify. This is already a great result considering all the problems we've had so far.

    • Bernd Schuster: (On Real Madrid's 0-0 draw with Olympiacos) We were in total control in a very tight match and I'm happy with the effort of my players. We were expecting a goal to come, but our possession didn't translate into goals. We dropped two points here when I think we deserved all three because we created a lot of chances and were very patient. We would have liked to seal our qualification tonight. I know that Real Madrid have never won in Greece, but today we came really close. Now we aim to play with the same level of concentration in Germany against Werder Bremen in order to progress to the next round. I don't worry about our lack of finishing. We created many chances, we hit the woodwork twice and the Olympiacos goalkeeper produced some good saves. Their fans create a special atmosphere and their home support will be an important asset for the Greek side, especially if qualification is still at stake on the last matchday.

    • Takis Lemonis: (On Olympiacos' 0-0 draw with Real Madrid) The way the match progressed, this point is very important towards our group prospects. I believe we won our fans over tonight, they helped us a lot in some crucial moments. I think they understand that we're making a big effort in building a squad they can be proud of. In Madrid I wasn't happy about the result, but today I am happy with the way we earned a point despite all our injury and suspension problems.

    • Gordon Strachan: (On Celtic's 1-0 win against Benfica) Physically and mentally we weren't at our best in the first half. In the second period, we were excellent. We had to convince the boys that what happened in the first half was unacceptable in terms of our performance. Perhaps we were second best in terms of our passing. The players had to trust their ability and I think, eventually, it was fantastic. In the second half, they stepped up and at times they blew Benfica away. We've played some terrific stuff this year and hopefully it can continue. Aiden was magnificent. His technical ability is fantastic, he's enjoying his football and when he doesn't have the ball he's working much harder than ever before. These days, I always see him in the gym working hard. He's using and enhancing the God-given talent he has. It's great for him and it's fantastic for us. We're in with a chance of going through, the performances so far have been satisfying and hopefully that will continue.

    • Carlo Ancelotti: (On Milan's 3-0 win in Shakhtar) We played very well defensively and controlled the match but I think Shakhtar could say the same about the first 65 minutes. After conceding Shakhtar had to open up and it was good for us to catch them on the break. Inzaghi was great as he was in the perfect position to apply the final touch. I think Shakhtar are of a higher level than Celtic but the problem is that it is very difficult to play in Glasgow. Shakhtar have better technical ability and the team play as a whole. The most important thing for us was not to lose and then try to win if possible. We are approaching the level where we can play well both in the Champions League and Serie A. This win should give us a boost to improve our position on the domestic stage.

  • Notes

    • Manchester United and Arsenal have now both qualified for the knock-out stages. They are the first two teams to do so this season.

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