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Group stage gives coaches food for thought

There was much to ponder after the group stage of the inaugural eight-sided Women's Under-17 finals ended on Monday. UEFA.com captures a memorable week in words.

Lois Fidler addresses her England players
Lois Fidler addresses her England players ©UEFA.com

The inaugural UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship group stage in England provided the finalist coaches with a great deal to ponder and celebrate. UEFA.com captures the highs and lows of the last seven days in their words. 

Group A
"The objective was to come here to England, to play and enjoy ourselves and to make the most of this wonderful experience. These memories will stay with the players forever."
Enrico Sbardella cuts a jubilant figure after Italy ensure a smooth passage to the semi-finals 

"The support has been absolutely first-class. It's like having a 12th player. I want to encourage everybody to keep coming along and supporting the team. It means a lot to me and more to the players and it's great for the profile of women's football in England. We're loving it and long may it continue."
 Lois Fidler delights in the backing of the home crowd, which included a tournament record 2,185 attendance against Italy in Telford 

"Everyone is very proud of what we have achieved over the past few months and years in Austrian football. We're proud to have competed at these championships and played really well. In the end, we were very close to making the semi-finals and missing out is our only regret."
Dominik Thalhammer reflects proudly on Austria's final tournament debut 

"We have enjoyed the experience immensely and know how important it will be for the players' growth. The result exposed the fact that the Portuguese women's league is still a work in progress."
Susana Cova looks at the bigger picture after her side's 6-1 defeat by England 

Group B
"It wasn't just the goalscorers, but the whole team. It was an impeccable performance by everyone and only the second time a female Spanish team has beaten Germany."
Spain's eye-catching 4-0 defeat of Germany draws lavish praise from Jorge Vilda

"The passion of the players pleased me most. We played with passion and heart. I know they are technically good players but sometimes they can perform below par. Today there was so much passion and I'm really proud."
Anouschka Bernhard is ecstatic following her team's 4-0 victory against France

"We've learned a lot from this tournament, not least that you can't afford to be at anything but your best. We were too cautious, sometimes you have to take more risks – we have the quality to do so."
Guy Ferrier underlines France's shortcomings

"We've had a lot of compliments along the way and that's credit to the players because they've done absolutely brilliantly. This experience will inspire them to train more and become even better."
 Pauline Hamill sounds an upbeat note about the future of Scottish women's football