Lucescu: Shakhtar warranted more than a point
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
FC Shakhtar Donetsk "deserved to win" the Group A game with a Bayer 04 Leverkusen side who, in the words of coach Sami Hyypiä, "got lucky a few times" during the 0-0 draw.
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Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
Considering our performance, there is big disappointment due to the fact that we didn't win the game. However, it is clear that this young team wants to win and will achieve great results. We deserved to win, we created five or six scoring chances, but Bernd Leno played fantastic. I also want to note Leverkusen's excellent organisation.
At the same time, we proved that we can play better than them because we created more opportunities than they did at home, despite Leverkusen winning 4-0 two weeks ago. We still have two more games and an opportunity to take six points, but we need the same level of performance as we showed tonight. The match against Real Sociedad will be very difficult because they still have at least a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.
Sami Hyypiä, Leverkusen coach
We fought well in the game, but alongside a good goalkeeping performance we also got lucky a few times. On the other hand, we could have scored a goal ourselves, but a draw is a fair result in the end. We struggled to keep possession in the final third in the first half, which meant we had to defend for the most part. In the second half we offered an improved display and created chances of our own. We have to keep focused on the tasks that lie ahead.
Of course, Bernd Leno played very well. Usually you play to win, but today a point is OK. In the first half we had problems keeping the ball, we were defending more, but in the second half things got a lot better and we had a couple of chances as well.