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Puel pleased with learning curve

Published: Tuesday 26 September 2006, 23.40CET
LOSC Lille Métropole coach Claude Puel was delighted with his team's efforts against AC Milan while Carlo Ancelotti put the draw down to high expectations.

Match statistics

LilleMilan

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners4
 
5
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed22
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group H

PPts
AC Milan Milan24
RSC Anderlecht Anderlecht22
LOSC Lille LOSC22
AEK Athens FC AEK21
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 26 September 2006, 23.40CET

Puel pleased with learning curve

LOSC Lille Métropole coach Claude Puel was delighted with his team's efforts against AC Milan while Carlo Ancelotti put the draw down to high expectations.

LOSC Lille Métropole coach Claude Puel was delighted with his team's efforts after they earned a second point in UEFA Champions League Group H thanks to a goalless draw against AC Milan. His opposite number Carlo Ancelotti, however, blamed the loss of two points on the mental pressures of playing for such a big club.

Claude Puel, Lille coach
We started the game very well, especially in the opening 20 minutes, and had opportunities to score. I don't think we played so well afterwards though and lost possession too quickly, although in the second half we tightened things up. My younger players learned a lot tonight in a high-level game and it was very important for the future that they played in a game like this. I would make one criticism of my players; they used too much energy. The most important thing is that we now have to beat [RSC] Anderlecht and I think we have a great chance of reaching the next round. It was important that we avoided defeat against Milan.

Carlo Ancelotti, Milan coach
We didn't play well tonight. We tried to impose our game on Lille, but Lille are a very hard team to break down. I think I made a good choice in picking just one forward, helped by [Alberto] Gilardino and in the end by [Filippo] Inzaghi too. My players had many opportunities to score but failed because Lille have a very good goalkeeper. There is a lot of pressure at this club, we are expected to win every game in the league and in Europe, so sometimes it gets too hard for the players mentally. So maybe it was the mental side that was lacking tonight.

Matthieu Chalmé, Lille midfielder
It is a good 0-0 for us, we have achieved what was neccessary to stop Milan tonight. We also had opportunities and in the second half put them under lots of pressure, but did not do enough to win the game. I'm very proud of what we have done, especially against a big team like Milan. Now we need to get three points in the next game.

Last updated: 27/09/06 0.21CET

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