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Le Guen downcast after exit

Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 21.00CET
Olympique Lyonnias coach Paul Le Guen said his side did not do enough to progress from Group D.
Published: Tuesday 12 November 2002, 21.00CET

Le Guen downcast after exit

Olympique Lyonnias coach Paul Le Guen said his side did not do enough to progress from Group D.

Olympique Lyonnais coach Paul le Guen was bitterly disappointed by his side's elimination from the UEFA Champions League following a 1-1 draw in Trondheim with Rosenborg BK.

'We did not play well'
Le Guen, whose side finished third in Group D and now go into the third round of the UEFA Cup, was in downbeat mood after his side failed to progress beyond the first stage of the competition, saying: "We knew this would be a difficult match, but we didn't manage to put on our best performance, and we did not play well until the last ten minutes."

'We must get over this'
The Lyon coach refused to attribute his side's disappointing display to the playing conditions, particularly the freezing cold weather, saying: "We had the same result as Inter and Ajax here at the Lerkendal, so I will not blame the weather or the playing conditions for the result." Le Guen tried to lift his players from their disappointment, going on to say: "We have important matches in our domestic league and we need to get over this as quickly as possible."

'Very special'
Rosenborg coach Nils Arne Eggen, for whom this was the last game in charge after a long and distinguished coaching career, was moved by the warm reception he received from the capacity crowd. "It was very special, and I really do not want to even try to describe it," he said. "Of course I was very touched."

'We should have won'
Of the match, Eggen was satisfied with his side's display but believed they should have held on for the win. "I think we played well, especially in the second half when we created many chances," he said. "But we were too sloppy in our counterattacks [in the closing stages] when Lyon had to attack."

'We are good enough'
Eggen went on to say that he believes the team he leaves to his successor have a chance of faring better in next season's competition. "This year's Champions League has shown that we are good enough at this level," he said. "With a little bit more luck and skill, we could have won all of our home matches."

'We have played well'
Eggen's view was shared by midfield player Bent Skammelsrud, who also retired after the game. "I feel that we are much closer to the best teams than we were last year. Except for the game in Lyon [a 5-0 defeat], we have played well, but it did not pay off in points."

Last updated: 13/11/02 13.55CET

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