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Rijkaard celebrates return to form

Published: Thursday 20 September 2007
FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard was keen to "congratulate" his players and the Camp Nou crowd after a 3-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais in Group E.
Rijkaard celebrates return to form
Barcelona's Yaya Touré vies with Lyon's Kim Källström ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BarcelonaLyon

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners8
 
4
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2007

Rijkaard celebrates return to form

FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard was keen to "congratulate" his players and the Camp Nou crowd after a 3-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais in Group E.

FC Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard was keen to "congratulate" his players and the Camp Nou crowd after a 3-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais in UEFA Champions League Group E. A François Clerc own goal and strikes from Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry proved the difference in the game as Lyon coach Alain Perrin was left unhappy with his team's lack of attacking potency.

Frank Rijkaard, Barcelona coach
It's a great result - three goals, an attractive game, a good atmosphere - so I have to congratulate my players. The team played well with the crowd behind them and that's what we need at the moment in the league and Champions League. Football is about team work so I congratulate everyone. A sportsman always wants to play so it was normal for Ronaldinho to be a bit upset at being substituted but he played well. He's an important player for us and there are plenty of matches ahead. I like seeing things positively so despite some supporters booing him, most of them applauded him and that's what I value. All three goals made me happy and the second goal was important to guarantee the win. Lyon are great opponents but we played maturely. They're a quality team and the difference between a goal and a chance is huge so I'm glad we didn't concede any tonight.

Alain Perrin, Lyon coach
It's a disappointing result but I have to say we defended well while one of our great strengths, our attack, didn't function. Messi was great down the left wing but then I think we played well in that area too. We knew Barcelona were dangerous everywhere and wanted to keep all their players under control. We started the game with an own goal and had trouble moving the ball forward from them on. Our home games are important and we have to work hard before the Rangers match.

Last updated: 20/09/07 9.20CET

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