Despite an "exceptional" win, the FC Porto coach says his side still have work to do against Olympique Lyonnais.
By Fergus O'Shea in Porto
FC Porto coach José Mourinho insisted his side still had work to do to progress to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals despite beating Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 in their first-leg match at the Estádio do Dragão. "This was an exceptional result at this level of the competition, but it doesn't decide the tie," he said. "There are still 90 minutes to play and Lyon will certainly give it their all."
In a controlled, patient performance, the Portuguese champions scored either side of half-time to seize the initiative. Deco deflected in Benni McCarthy's volley just before half-time, while defender Ricardo Carvalho popped up to head the second on 71 minutes. "I was happy to score because it was the second goal and it puts us in a good position to progress," said the defender.
'Kept our composure'
Mourinho was especially pleased with the composure his side showed in the closing stages, saying: "When you play at home in the first leg you can try to go out and gain a big win to make it easy for you in the return. We didn't do that. We kept our composure and that helped us play a good game."
Crucially, Porto did not concede an away goal and now know that if they score at the Stade Gerland in the second leg on 7 April, Lyon must score four. The Portuguese side will be further bolstered by the return from injury of captain Jorge Costa, who missed tonight's match. Porto striker McCarthy was certainly confident his side would advance. "With the power within our team
I believe it is impossible to lose this tie," he said. "That is, unless something very weird happens."
Lyon coach Paul Le Guen was understandably disappointed but refused to rule out a second-leg comeback."I'm unhappy with the result, certainly," he said. "We still have a chance, though, especially if we can create a great atmosphere in the second leg, with everyone motivated. Why not?
I was expecting more from my team, as a team collectively and to enjoy more possession but we know that against Porto it's hard to hold on to the ball. In the second half we managed to attack, we created spaces, but we were poor with our final passes."
'We had chances'
The French champions had chances through Péguy Luyindula and Sidney Govou, but never looked like breaking their well-organised opponents down. "We had chances to score in the second half but we didn't make the right decisions," he said. "If we had got things right tactically we could have scored."
Defensive tactics were also a source of frustration to the Lyon coach, especially on Ricardo Carvalho's goal. "I was really unhappy with the second goal because we had worked on it in training," Le Guen added. "We knew Porto were strong on free-kicks."
Juninho Pernambucano gave Lyon further cause for concern after coming off at half-time with a fever. "I was not well and I asked to be replaced," he said. "I was lacking strength and I've been like this since Saturday." On the result, he added: "Porto had a lot of possesion and we didn't counterattack as we had planned. They deserved the result, they were a much more experienced side than us. In the second leg we have no choice but to attack."