FC Girondins de Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc spoke of his pride after his side's 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC kept them in the hunt for a place in the knockout stage, while Luiz Felipe Scolari bemoaned further dropped points.
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FC Girondins de Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc spoke of his pride after his side's 1-1 draw with Chelsea FC kept them in the hunt for a place in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League from Group A. Alou Diarra's late goal cancelled out Nicolas Anelka's 60th-minute strike and the dismissal of Frank Lampard four minutes from time compounded a difficult night for the London side. "We need to win at home against Cluj," said Chelsea's Luiz Felipe Scolari, looking ahead to Matchday 6. "If not, it would be better for me to return to Brazil and have a holiday."
Laurent Blanc, Bordeaux coach
I'm satisfied with the result and the game. We played very well, individually and as a team. The players can be proud. I can't say this is our best game because it was Chelsea and you don't play teams like that each week. We have respect for them. We have played better matches but not against a team like Chelsea. We have to beat Roma to qualify for the next round and we believe we can do that because over 90 minutese anything is possible. Everybody thought there were only two teams in it, Roma and Chelsea, but there is a third, Bordeaux. I'm proud of that. I'm proud for the club as well. We can continue to hope and we're still alive. We are going to play in the UEFA Cup at least, but when you taste the Champions League, you want to have more.
Luiz Felipe Scolari, Chelsea manager
I think the result, if you look at the 90 minutes, is normal. But we were better and I'm disappointed. My players made a mistake, they were not relaxed. Only that. We have not qualified, we need to win at home against Cluj. If not, it would be better for me to return to Brazil and have a holiday. We have lost twice. We have had two chances to qualify but haven't been able to. We have to talk about that. I thought we had the players to win, I never thought we would not be qualified by now. Finishing second would not be a problem, but it's out of our hands now. I don't want to speak about [Didier] Drogba, or about Lampard who will miss the next game. I only want to speak about the game. Anelka is more confident than before and scores many goals for us. When I decided to change him, it was because I wanted to keep Anelka for Sunday [against Arsenal FC] because I only have him for Sunday [when Drogba is suspended]. Maybe I will change my system in the future, to be able to play with both of them.