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Shatov and Moutinho: Draw right for Zenit-Monaco

FC Zenit midfielder Oleg Shatov, AS Monaco FC's João Moutinho and both coaches agreed 0-0 was a fair result though André Villas-Boas was frustrated with the hosts' start.

Oleg Shatov heads clear
Oleg Shatov heads clear ©AFP/Getty Images

Zenit and Monaco move on to four Group C points each after goalless draw
André Villas-Boas disappointed by first half, happy with Zenit's response after break
Opposite number Leonardo Jardim was more than satisfied with the point
Oleg Shatov and João Moutinho agreed a draw was a fair result
Next games: Leverkusen v Zenit, Monaco v Benfica (22 October)

Oleg Shatov, Zenit midfielder
It was an even game. I think the draw is a fair result – neither side deserved to lose. Monaco started well, they had some good chances, especially at the very start. In the second half we were very focused and we also created some chances from corners and general play. I think the draw was a fair result.

I don't know why we performed like that [early on]. We had studied Monaco and knew we should be very tight at the start. I don't know the reason – we will see later.

It's too early to speak about our chances of qualifying. Of course, we had to win today and get six points, but there is nothing to fear. We have four games ahead. Now we are going to play twice against Bayer, home and away. After those matches we can draw some conclusions, but now it's not the right time.

André Villas-Boas, Zenit coach
We did not play very well in the first half. If we had played in the first half like we did in the second, we would have had a better chance. It was a difficult game. In the first half we made a lot of mistakes, in the second we controlled the ball more but did not find the opening to score. Of course, this is an important point, as any in this group is, but I am sorry we did not get to post six points from two matches.

It is important now that the team get a little rest [for the international break]. I do not think we have any problems with freshness, but we made technical errors, like in the match with Spartak [Saturday's 0-0 draw that ended their perfect start]. Possibly we went in with the wrong attitude for the first time and this has led to problems in terms of confidence. This is not a physical problem – if you remember, we ended the match at a good pace.

Moutinho content

Spartak and Monaco are two top teams and tough opponents. Naturally, in these games it was harder to dominate than in previous ones. They came here with the right strategy and demonstrated their capabilities. We did not play as we can – in any season you get games like these two – so we hope to correct the mistakes.

João Moutinho, Monaco midfielder
It was a difficult game against a big team with big players, at their home. I think we played well and a draw is a fair result. We wanted to control the match and to win it, but we know that isn't always possible. The other team will want to control the play too. We both had opportunities to score but I think this is a good result.

Leonardo Jardim, Monaco coach
Yes, it was a good result. We had a good game today, very intense, high on quality. We counterattacked well. We created two or three dangerous situations for our opponents. I think we got what we deserved.

It's easier for the manager to motivate the players in the Champions League. Today we can see that the team played well, had a good 90 minutes with lots of quality and intensity. I think the team can play like this in the domestic league too.

[Dimitar] Berbatov injured his ankle, I do not know if he'll be available for our next match. We talked with André Villas-Boas before the match – today we also chatted, including about the game. André is really nice, I appreciate him as a person and as a coach.