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'Tonight is all about the players'

Erik Gerets masterminded a memorable 1-0 victory at Liverpool FC in his debut as Olympique de Marseille coach and dedicated the win to his team.

Erik Gerets had a perfect start as Marseille coach
Erik Gerets had a perfect start as Marseille coach ©Getty Images

After masterminding a memorable victory at Liverpool FC in his first game as Olympique de Marseille coach, Erik Gerets dedicated the win to his players for following his attacking instructions as they kept up their perfect start in UEFA Champions League Group A. Mathieu Valbuena decided the match 13 minutes from time and Rafael Benítez admitted that his team had "a poor game".

Erik Gerets, Marseille coach
Tonight is all about the players - tactically they didn't make a mistake. We came here to attack. We tried to get four forward whenever possible, and put pressure on Liverpool. In previous games we have had a link man between defence and midfield but tonight we had one between attack and midfield. Valbuena was fantastic and deserved to celebrate his goal. We have to remember, even though we can celebrate tonight we are nowhere yet.

Rafael Benítez, Liverpool manager
It was a poor game and we did not play well from the beginning. We were making mistakes, giving the ball away, not pressing and created no chances. At the end we created a few chances from corners but it was a very bad game. We knew Marseille would play better in the Champions League because they are a good team with good players. We now need to win the next game and see what happens. [Was there anything good about the game?] I'm glad it's finished!