"We came to play our attacking game and got the win we deserved," said Kevin Kuranyi after FC Dinamo Moskva secured an impressive 2-1 victory at Panathinaikos FC.
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• Kevin Kuranyi says Dinamo's attacking power was key
• German striker's assist was "pure instinct"
• Alexander Büttner loving left-side partnership with Balázs Dzsudzsák
• Thanasis Dinas asks Panathinaikos to make amends on matchday two
• Greens coach Giannia Anastasiou sure his team can improve
Kevin Kuranyi, Dinamo forward
We came here to play our attacking game, and for 60 minutes we played good football, created a lot chances and took a 2-0 lead. After their goal, Panathinaikos came back strongly and we had to be determined but in the end we held on and got the win we deserved.
I saw straight away that Aleksandr Kokorin was running through and it was pure instinct – I knew I had to play a first-time pass and it was great the way it came off; a very good combination for us.
Once it went to 2-1, the crowd really turned up the volume to help their team, but actually it's nice to play in that kind of atmosphere. It's a real positive for us that we managed to get the result we did when the pressure was on. It's so important to get a win in the first game, especially when you are away from home, and this sets us up nicely for the next game where we'll hope to continue to play our way and get another win.
Alexander Büttner, Dinamo defender
We played really good football. We were the stronger team and had chances to score even more goals. But we didn't manage to do that and actually made things more difficult for ourselves by conceding. But the most important thing was to hold and get the win.
We are a strong team that plays attacking football. We like to attack down the left because myself and Balázs Dzsudzsák play there. It's good to play with him because we have a good understanding and combine well. Sometimes he comes inside and I go wide and vice versa.
[Dinamo's next match against PSV Eindhoven] will be a great game. I'm really looking forward to that one because it's always nice to come up against clubs from my home country
Thanasis Dinas, Panathinaikos midfielder
Our supporters came here wanting a win and although they helped us so much, we just couldn't do it for them. We had a specific tactical plan which we followed all the way and worked hard to execute, but it wasn't to be. Nothing less than victory in Portugal against Estoril Praia will do for us now. We'll got there and try and impose our game on them to win it.
Giannis Anastasiou, Panathinaikos coach
We were playing against the best team in the group and it showed. Still, we have a bitter taste in our mouths about the result because – although the Russian side controlled much of the game – tactically we were OK and created some clear chances. We paid the price for the difference in individual quality that some of their players have. We know we are not a super team, but we are an improving team that will get better very soon.