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Gérard Prêcheur: “I’m satisfied with the result but also with the way the players went about their business”

Published on 22 April 2017 at 5:00 PM
Club president Jean-Michel Aulas and the OL women staff and players shared their thoughts on the win over Manchester City in the after-match show on OLTV.

Jean-Michel Aulas (OL president): we earned a really good result and we’re very pleased to have had a great week in Europe. We need to seal qualification in the return match against a good team that caused us some problems. We now need to do everything we can to defend our European title.

Gérard Prêcheur (coach): “I’m satisfied with the result. To beat Manchester City, in their stadium, in the semi-final, is no mean feat. On top of the result, I’m satisfied with the way we played and the fact that we played our game. We went backwards a bit in the return match against Wolfsburg at the Parc OL. In that game, we lost sight of the basics somewhat. But we found them this afternoon in our control of the ball and in putting our 3-5-2 system in place. It would be dishonest to say that we haven’t taken a big step forward today, but I really want to emphasise the quality of our performance. We played a nice game and I really hope that we can repeat it on the return match at the Parc OL.”

Wendie Renard (defender and captain): “It was important to set ourselves up well in the first leg. We could have done better, particularly with our delivery and we could’ve scored straight after it became 3-1. But we’re not going to be fussy. We’re going to try to qualify in front of our home crowd and respect the other team right to the end.”

Ada Hegerberg (forward): “This is a really good result and a positive step ahead of the return match. We’re aware of our strength and the early goal allowed us to play our game. I hope that the fans will turn up for the return leg at the Parc OL and that we qualify for the final.”

Camille Abily (midfielder): “It’s really good that we scored three away goals, even if we’d prefer not to have conceded. The coach wanted us to see a lot of the ball and that’s what we managed to do. This allowed us to run them round and that made our task easier.”

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