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Lemonis hails great leap forward

Published: Thursday 29 November 2007
Olympiacos CFP coach Panagiotis Lemonis said his team had exceeded all expectations as they won at S.S. Lazio to move to within a point of progress.
Lemonis hails great leap forward
Olympiacos players celebrate their win in Rome ©Getty Images

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Published: Thursday 29 November 2007

Lemonis hails great leap forward

Olympiacos CFP coach Panagiotis Lemonis said his team had exceeded all expectations as they won at S.S. Lazio to move to within a point of progress.

Olympiacos CFP coach Panagiotis Lemonis said his team had exceeded all expectations as they gained a comeback victory at S.S. Lazio to move to within a point of the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds. However, the Group C situation is bleak for Lazio, who must win at Real Madrid CF to have any hope of progress, but coach Delio Rossi refused to criticise his young team.

Delio Rossi, Lazio coach
These kind of games are decided by small details. We missed a couple of good opportunities to score the second goal while they scored when they had their chance. However they played better than us after equalising. They closed down every space in defence and were effective at counterattacks. They proved they have more experience than us at this level. We had though prepared well for this game, it was the game to win. It did not go as we expected but I have nothing to say to my players because they gave everything they had. Unfortunately we paid a high price after a bad mistake, when we allowed them to equalise soon after taking the lead. We are a very young side and we still have a big margin for improvement. However we will try to earn qualification at Madrid. We played very well against them in Rome and I think we deserved to win. I don't see why we can’t win there. We will try to play our cards right until the end. Technically they are better than us but we never play bad games against the big teams.

Panagiotis Lemonis, Olympiacos coach
This performance is the continuation of the games we played against Werder [Bremen] and Real Madrid. We wanted to slow down Lazio's tempo and we managed this with a great display, especially from our midfield. We were good at keeping our shape and we were always ready to hit back on the counterattack. After the draw I could never have imagined that we would arrive at the last game of the group with this scenario but my team has improved a lot this season. We have won away twice while last season it never happened. Obviously playing the last game at home [to Bremen] is an advantage and we will have all the time that is necessary to prepare for this decisive match. My players know exactly what they have to do, we can really achieve something important. The most important thing tonight is that we managed to react when we were 1-0 down and get the result we needed. Now we can only look forward to the next game; it will be a fantastic opportunity for us.

Last updated: 29/11/07 0.13CET

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