Constantin Gâlcă said FC Steaua Bucureşti's introduction of Raul Rusescu and some choice words at half-time as inspiration for six second-half goals against "disappointed" Aalborg BK.
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• Constantin Gâlcă praises Raul Rusescu as Steaua defeat AaB 6-0 in Group J
• Hat-trick scorer Claudiu Keșerü admits there were harsh words at half-time
• AaB's Kent Nielsen: "We had our chances, so many, but could not take them"
• Goalless at the break, Steaua score six second-half goals to stun the visitors
• Next games: AaB v Rio Ave, Dynamo v Steaua (2 October)
Constantin Gâlcă, Steaua coach
It was very important to start the group with a victory and it proved to be a very difficult match. We played a very poor first half, when we did not act as a unified team. But then we managed to make everything good during the break, discussing it all and then playing a very different second half.
Rusescu coming on [as a 49th-minute substitute] made a big difference because he moves a lot, especially between the lines. We knew everything about our opponents, but this is what happens – the first half that is – when you don't fully focus on a game. We have to be realistic: Aalborg posed us plenty of problems in the first half.
Claudiu Keșerü, Steaua forward
Starting the group stage with a hat-trick is pretty unbelievable. There was a fantastic feeling among us and that's why we kept going until the end. Maybe we were not aggressive enough in the first half, and we were indebted to Giedrius Arlauskis, who made some fantastic saves. The coach roused us at the break. There were a few harsh words and in the second half we were more aggressive.
Raul Rusescu, Steaua forward
Aalborg played very well for 60 minutes, but we knew they couldn't keep it up. Anybody who didn't see the whole match wouldn't believe the final score. We are happy and it's important for us that we started on the right foot. I am happy. As a person, I am back home with my family; as player, I am at Steaua, my second family.
Kent Nielsen, Aalborg coach
I am very, very disappointed and frustrated at how the match went. We were not well enough prepared from a physical point of view. We had our chances – so many chances, especially in the first half – but we were not capable of taking them.
Instead, Steaua were very efficient and proved what it means to be competitive, while our lack of experience was obvious. We were pleased with our game in the first half, but if you don't have the necessary quality to profit from such opportunities, this is what happens.
Rasmus Würtz, Aalborg captain
I don't know if we had bad luck, but it's clear that we were not clinical enough to profit from so many chances. At this level you have to be clinical and score whenever you have the opportunity. In the future, this is what we have to do.