Bruno Genesio: We showed our character
Bruno Genesio (coach): I'm satisfied with the reaction of my players because it wasn't easy to turn the score around without the help of our fans. It took a lot of character. At the break, I emphasized our tactical problems and gave a positive team speech. We could have won this match, but also could have lost it late in the game... The end result is fair. By winning tonight, we would have given ourselves a 70% chance of qualifying but we salvaged a point and remain group leaders The two games against Hoffenheim will be decisive for qualifying.
Nabil Fekir (captain): The draw makes sense and it's a good point in the end. We faced a very good Shakhtar side, a very technical opponent that controlled possession of the ball in the first haft. After the break, we were motivated and reacted well. We managed to come back and even could've won it. We had chances, but we must not forget that they also had a shot that went off the crossbar.
🎙️ @NabilFekir: "We were able to react well, but we're left with a bitter taste. We could have done a lot better. We managed to come back, and that's the main thing. The result makes sense." #OLShakhtar pic.twitter.com/bWvrX1HHB7— OL English (@OL_English) October 2, 2018
Anthony Lopes (goalkeeper): On the one hand we're frustrated at having conceded two goals, but on the other hand there's the satisfaction of coming back. We had a long ways to go being two goals behind. We could have won in the end, but we must be content with the draw. The goal before the break hurt us, but we knew how to limit the damage.
Jason Denayer (defender): It was a really weird match. They dominated the first half and the game changed after the halftime break. We were really aiming for the win tonight. There's real disappointment, but I prefer to highlight our reaction as a group.
Lucas Tousart (midfielder): Had our fans been in the stands supporting us, we could have scored a third goal... We'll need to give a more complete performance Sunday in Paris.
Léo Dubois (defender): After conceding two goals, we had the mental strength to turn the score around. We must try to erase what happened in the first half because we didn't respect our game plan. It was an angry goal and it was a good way to open my account. In the Champions League. Now, we have to get a good result in Paris.