Both coaches remain optimistic of winning through after Parma FC's goalless draw at home to PFC CSKA Moskva.
Pietro Carmignani, Parma coach
I think we did what we had to do and we played with passion and heart. They are a very good side but we can still hope to reach the final. We have several good young players and I had to field many of them tonight because of our problems in the domestic league. However, they confirmed once again that they can play at this level. Now CSKA have to beat us in Moscow and will try everything to win, but it won't be easy. We will be calm and serene as we have always been this season in the UEFA Cup. I think that [Alberto] Gilardino will not travel to Moscow because he's a bit tired and needs to rest for the league games. I may change my mind next week but our main goal is still to avoid relegation.
Valeriy Gazzaev, CSKA coach
I am sure we will play with a completely different spirit in Moscow and we'll manage to play a much better game. Vágner Love was not fully fit so I decided to use him in the second half only, but he'll be ready for the return leg. We had several players at risk of suspension so I asked them to be careful tonight and I am very happy because not one of our team was booked. In my career, I don't remember many games with so few goalscoring opportunities as this evening, but it happens – even in a UEFA Cup semi-final. The result is good for us. I'm sure in Moscow there will be three or four times as many spectators than there were tonight and we'll give everything to give them a place in the final.
Giuseppe Cardone, Parma captain
I believe a 0-0 draw is the best possible result apart from a win. In Moscow, CSKA will have to come forward and maybe they'll leave space for us to counterattack. I believe we still have a chance of reaching the final. They are a very good side with many top players, but we created more opportunities than them. Everyone knew we were missing many key players, and no one was asking for miracles, but after the final whistle we knew we had given absolutely everything we had.