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Mancini thankful for Galatasaray's fast start

Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 0.28CET
Roberto Mancini said "the first 60 minutes" were decisive as Galatasaray AŞ overcame FC København, with Ståle Solbakken admitting the visitors were not at their best.
Mancini thankful for Galatasaray's fast start
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Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 0.28CET

Mancini thankful for Galatasaray's fast start

Roberto Mancini said "the first 60 minutes" were decisive as Galatasaray AŞ overcame FC København, with Ståle Solbakken admitting the visitors were not at their best.

Roberto Mancini, Galatasaray coach
I'm very pleased with the first 60 minutes of the game – we played very well – but after that our physical condition dropped. I want to thank our supporters, they were magnificent and their support is amazing.

This is a difficult group. After the first match our situation was very difficult but in last two games we have improved our position. But our rivals are Juventus and Real Madrid and they're both very strong teams. We'll do our best and we'll try to get the chance to advance to the next round in our last match against Juventus.

Ståle Solbakken, FCK coach
We had a bad start to the first half and they punished our mistakes immediately. We have to admit that we were not at our best on the night while Galatasaray were, and consequently the difference became as big as it did.

As Galatasaray dropped their pace the game became very end to end, but we have to remember that better teams than København have been in trouble here. We simply have to admit that we were up against a better side – we just have to hope we will be able to do better in Parken.

If we win at home we are still alive in the group, but if we lose we are practically dead. If you make individual mistakes, you get punished like we were in the first half. Credit to Galatasaray. They played really well and they are a fantastic team. However, we should not give in – if we can produce our best in Parken, I am sure we can make it.

Last updated: 25/10/13 0.09CET

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