"All that mattered was winning," said Gonzalo Higuaín of SSC Napoli's defeat of eliminated Olympique de Marseille who, Jordan Ayew promised, will "play to the end".
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Easy games do not exist in the UEFA Champions League according to match winner Gonzalo Higuaín after SSC Napoli finally overcame a valiant Olympique de Marseille, who could take plenty of positives from their 3-2 Group F defeat at the Stadio San Paolo despite being eliminated from the competition. The Serie A side now head to Borussia Dortmund for what could be a decisive matchday five encounter while Marseille will carry on believing they can sneak third place while it is still mathematically possible, says forward Jordan Ayew.
Gonzalo Higuaín, Napoli forward
This is a crucial win for us and I'm delighted. The group stage is always very complicated and we've been put in a particularly difficult group too. All that mattered tonight was winning and I'm delighted because these three points allow us to move [joint] top. We knew it wasn't going to be easy – there's no such thing as an easy game in the Champions League. I'm feeling good. I can still improve, but I'm feeling good and this is important.
Gökhan Inler, Napoli midfielder
It was a really difficult game for us and Marseille played really well, but all that mattered was winning and we kept at it, so compliments to us all. We made too many mistakes getting the ball out of defence and needed to play it around a bit better. If we'd controlled our possession better then we wouldn't have suffered so much. Dortmund are going to give it everything against us, but we'll give it our all too, even if it's not going to be easy at their place.
Benoît Cheyrou, Marseille midfielder
We did some good things, moved the ball around well and got two goals. We began the game very well and had a good period at the start of the second half too. We managed to equalise also, so there are plenty of positives to take out of the game and now we've just got to try to build on them.
When you concede so many goals it's a problem with the whole team, not just the defence, and we've got to find a way of remedying this. If you've got to score four goals in each game to win, then it's complicated. The atmosphere here is amazing, even though the fans are so far away from the pitch.
Jordan Ayew, Marseille forward
We played well and that's why I'm disappointed because we could have won. We made some silly mistakes. We've played big clubs like Arsenal and Dortmund and we hope we can play in this competition again next year.
It's not over yet, though. We'll play to the very end because you never know what could happen. To have zero points after four games is a shame. There are lots of youngsters in the squad, me included, and we'll learn from this.
Mario Lemina, Marseille midfielder
It was a pretty tough group with three great sides and we knew it was going to be very difficult for us, but we want to play to the very end against some great sides.