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Champions League: Reactions to Thursday's group stage draw

Published on 29 August 2019 at 8:21 PM
UCL : toutes les réactions après le tirage au sort
Find out what the Olympique Lyonnais camp had to say after learning they'll face Benfica, Zenit and Leipzig in Group G.

Jean-Michel Aulas

"We can say that we avoided the worst. It allows you to have hope. But OL always wants to advance. Be that as it may, we must be wary of these so-called "inferior" teams. Even if they appear beatable, it will be difficult. It's a great pleasure to be here... Our goal is reach the knockout stages. This is indispensable for the investments that have been made. For that, I have great confidence in Sylvinho and Juninho."


"Some groups are a lot more complicated, that's right. But ours is balanced. We've already played Benfica in the past, I never had a chance [to face] Zenit and this is the first time we'll face Leipzig. If we can take nine points out of nine at home, then we will take a big step towards qualifying. I am relieved to have not been drawn against Manchester City or Barça, but if we're happy to be in this group, I think this is also the case with our opponents. We dream of building a bigger story in the Champions League."




"Above all, playing a competition like the Champions League is exceptional... It's beautiful. All the teams that qualify for this competition are big teams. They deserve to be here. It's a difficult group, but I'm happy. I have no preference. We must have fun playing this kind of competition, which will be beautiful and difficult... We'll need everyone: players, staff and fans." 



Jason Denayer

"We're in a fairly favorable group even if they are very good teams. It could have been worse. It's doable if we play our best football and give the best of ourselves. We always want to play big teams, but we also see that we have the opportunity to advance out of this group."



Gérald Baticle

"We have avoided big opponents but, in this group, everyone will have a chance. Each club has its own qualities. There is no ultra-favorite. Our opponents play football, we'll have to answer with our weapons."