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Lyon leave Le Guen purring

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005
Paul Le Guen said Olympique Lyonnais had all but reached the quarter-finals having won at Werder Bremen.

Match statistics

BremenLyon

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target16
 
3
Corners13
 
3
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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22 February 2005

Real Madrid
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Juventus
Liverpool
3-1
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PSV
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Monaco
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23 February 2005

Porto
1-1
Internazionale
Barcelona
2-1
Chelsea
Man. United
0-1
Milan
Werder
0-3
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Published: Thursday 24 February 2005

Lyon leave Le Guen purring

Paul Le Guen said Olympique Lyonnais had all but reached the quarter-finals having won at Werder Bremen.

Olympique Lyonnais coach Paul Le Guen was understandably delighted after goals from Sylvain Wiltord early in the first half and Mahamadou Diarra and Juninho Pernambucano late in the second gave the French champions a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen that left them on the verge of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Le Guen's Bremen counterpart Thomas Schaaf, meanwhile, was left to bemoan his side's misfortune and "lack of dedication".

Paul Le Guen, Lyon coach
We are obviously very happy with the result because Werder Bremen are a very good team. It was a very good display from my team and my players showed a lot of courage. Hopefully, it will be enough to make the quarter-finals. We are almost certain of a place in the next round now but there is still a return leg to be played and we shouldn't forget that. Our tactics worked to perfection today and my players showed great discipline. Sometimes our strikers suffer a bit under the tactics because they don't get as many chances as they would like, but in the end we got a good result and that is the main thing. We have gained a lot of experience in the Champions League in recent years and the players have learnt a lot. It was definitely an important factor today.

Thomas Schaaf, Bremen coach
We suffered a big defeat here today and I don't think the result really does us justice. However, I must admit that my players lacked dedication at times, especially in and around the penalty area. We know that Lyon are an excellent side and they punished us for giving them too many chances. I wouldn't say that Lyon were too clever for us. We were just too passive. We didn't stop them from hitting us on the break and therefore we were forced to react instead of taking control. I think everybody could see that my players gave it their best shot. We want to produce a better display in the return leg but we have got a huge mountain to climb if we want to reach the next round. We have done well in the Champions League so far and I am absolutely sure that my players don't want to concede another big defeat in Lyon. We will analyse today's match and hopefully will do better in Lyon.

Last updated: 24/02/05 9.59CET

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