Valencia CF coach Ronald Koeman admitted that "it will be very difficult" for his side to advance after losing to Rosenborg BK in his first match in charge.
Both Rosenborg BK coach Trond Henriksen and his Valencia CF counterpart Ronald Koeman agreed after the Norwegian side's 2-0 victory at the Mestalla that it was too early to speak with any certainty about the qualifying positions in Group B. However, Koeman admitted after his first match in charge that "it will be very difficult" for his team to go through. Steffen Iversen scored twice to give Rosenborg a rare UEFA Champions League away success and extend their lead over the Spanish club to four points with two games remaining.
Ronald Koeman, Valencia coach
With this result it will be very difficult [to qualify] but nothing is impossible. If you look at the game we were well positioned on the field for the first 20/25 minutes and created good possibilities. But after the first goal went in the morale of my team went down and Rosenborg managed to win most of the balls after that. If you analyse the last results, it is clear this is not a good moment for Valencia but we deserved more luck than we got tonight. Rosenborg showed with the draw they got at Chelsea that they are a difficult team to play against. We have lots of things to improve to achieve what we want, everyone is disillusioned by this result. I wanted to keep the same team after their victory last weekend, I wanted to give them confidence. But this is a difficult time for the players. When the team has been hurt it's always difficult to get up and continue your work. But we have to continue working to try and improve things.
Trond Henriksen, Rosenborg coach
These three points are very good for us but we still can't say we will reach the next stage. But it's a good start in that direction. Yesterday at the press conference I said that anything was possible including a win for us here. I didn't want to boast about it and a draw would also have been a good result. I was not very impressed with Valencia. I thought it was a bit cowardly the way they played. But we played a very good match. It wasn't that Valencia did anything bad, but Rosenberg played very well. There has been criticism of Steffen Iversen but if he plays like he did today then that's good enough for me. Both his goals were good goals – I wouldn't want to choose between them.