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García Remón rues Madrid misses

Published: Tuesday 23 November 2004, 23.45CET
Coach Mariano García Remón believes Real Madrid CF should have recovered to defeat Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Published: Tuesday 23 November 2004, 23.45CET

García Remón rues Madrid misses

Coach Mariano García Remón believes Real Madrid CF should have recovered to defeat Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Raúl González equalled Alfredo Di Stéfano's record of 49 European Champion Clubs' Cup goals to rescue a point for Real Madrid CF against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in UEFA Champions League Group B. Madrid coach Mariano García Remón believed his side looked nervous in the first half before falling behind to Dimitar Berbatov's opportunist strike in the 36th minute. Visiting coach Klaus Augenthaler admitted Madrid were in control as the second half wore on. Raúl equalised, Ronaldo hit the post then Luís Figo had a penalty saved by Jörg Butt as Madrid were forced to settle for a draw. García Remón expects his team to perform under pressure and defeat AS Roma in Italy on Matchday 6 to go through. Leverkusen must beat FC Dynamo Kyiv in Germany or hope Madrid fail to better their result.

Mariano García Remón, Madrid coach
We were nervous in the first half and that made us play poorly. Our players may be great, but they are also human and they seemed apprehensive, scared to make mistakes. I swapped Figo and [David] Beckham around at half-time and in the second half we played very well and in the end, could have won 4-1 or 4-2. Of course we can win in Rome, but it's a pity we could not do so here as we certainly created enough chances. But we will win against Roma because when we are in a difficult situation our players always rise to the occasion.

Klaus Augenthaler, Leverkusen coach
Overall, I'm very happy with my team. One-all is a good result and it could be the start of a run of good results in the Bundesliga and Champions League. Madrid struggled to create any problems for us in the first half. They had one chance and we had another, from which we scored. Madrid were much improved in the second period but even so we had numerous opportunities to grab a second goal. We made a series of mistakes though and allowed Madrid to equalise. After the goal they were very strong and pushed hard but even then we could still have snatched victory late on.

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