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Athens draw leaves coaches frustrated

Both Panagiotis Lemonis and Delio Rossi thought their teams could have taken more after Olympiacos CFP and S.S. Lazio shared the points in their Group C opener.

Lazio captain Luciano Zauri scored the equaliser in their draw against Olympiacos
Lazio captain Luciano Zauri scored the equaliser in their draw against Olympiacos ©Getty Images

Both Panagiotis Lemonis and Delio Rossi were left frustrated after Olympiacos CFP and S.S. Lazio shared the points in their opening UEFA Champions League Group C match, played behind closed doors in Athens.

Panagiotis Lemonis, Olympiacos coach
We lacked the ability to convert chances today and could have got a better result. I blame my players for the goal we conceded, however I am satisfied with their effort. They were very disciplined and applied what we had done in training; therefore the final result leaves us with the feeling we could have got more. It would have been important to start with a win. We are building a new team and are not in a competitive position yet. We are at a good level but still have room for improvement. If we would have had our fans with us today perhaps we wouldn't have conceded the equaliser because they would have put pressure on Lazio.

Delio Rossi, Lazio coach
We started slowly and didn't get into a rhythm fast enough. We gradually got into the game and when we conceded that was when our strong character started to show. We managed to level and had chances to score a winning goal. The players are disappointed because they knew victory was in their grasp. This was a special match for me, I was moved to hear the UEFA Champions League anthem. I started my career at the lowest level and now I am involved in a competition like the Champions League.