Champions League – What the managers said

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A quick look at how the managers responded to their side’s performances in the Champions League, with Chelsea coach Avram Grant particularly pleased by his side’s comfortable victory over Olympiacos.

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Chelsea3-0 Olympiacos (Chelsea win 3-0 on aggregate)

Avram Grant: “I have confidence in my team. From day one I have had full confidence in the team, even though most of the people didn’t believe we would have a good year. So far it has been a good development and that pleases me more than the result. If we continue like this and keep clean sheets anything can happen.”

Panagiotis Lemonis: “After it was 2-0, obviously it was very difficult. I said the first 20 minutes would be important. It was proved that we couldn’t respond. But we played against a very experienced team.”

Real Madrid 1-2 Roma (Roma win 4-2 on aggregate)

Bernd Schuster: “The players have given everything, I cannot say any more, only to congratulate them. For me this not a defeat, although we have not qualified. We were better until the key moment – the sending off of Pepe and the injury to Salgado, which has caused us a lot of dama. The reaction of the team [to going a man down] was spectacular. Until they went 1-0 up Roma only had one chance.”

Luciano Spalletti: “I can only congratulate my team. I expected a difficult game, our intention was to take the game to Madrid and this is what we have done. Both teams have played well and that makes this victory even more valuable. We have not stolen the tie, we have deserved to go through.”

Porto 1-0 Schalke (1-1 on aggregate; Schalke win 4-1 on penalties)

Mirko Slomka: “We had to fight to the end, but we had the luck to have the decisive player in the shape of Manuel Neuer, not only in the penalty shootout, but also during the whole match.”

Jesualdo Ferreira: “I have to say that Schalke are a weaker side than Porto. We were always on top for the 120 minutes and had clear chances to win. Porto were a great side today against a team who just defended and only in the closing minutes created any danger. This is one of the worst days of my career in Porto.”

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