Saturday, 29 August 2009

Lucescu: "We deserved more"

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu shared his thoughts after the European super cup game against Barcelona at a press conference:

"It was a good match in difficult conditions. The heat made things very difficult. The teams showed a deep desire and great motivation to win.

Unfortunately we had to play in unbelievable conditions. Firstly it was very hot, secondly the field was not of good quality. The teams nevertheless played as gentlemen, on such a field there could be a lot of injuries, but the footballers acted respectfully.

We are used to Barcelona, they always play in the same style. We have great, great players and we made them work hard to win. They have various schemes of play. We had to double up in defence and we had some excellent counter-attacks that could have led to goals.

Unfortunately at the end of every time, the referee whistled when our team was counter-attacking. It proved again that in the matches with great clubs, referees are on their side. I can say that referee has influenced the result because at one moment there was a hundred-per-cent penalty. Everybody said this, including Guardiola and Platini. I think we deserved more than we got at the end of the game. If the referee would have been correct, he would have given a penalty. I think everybody agrees on that.


At the same time, it's extremely difficult to play against this Barcelona team. They're a great side and I'm happy because we gave a good account of ourselves. It's also a matter of courage. We made mistakes that we don't usually make, particularly when we had the ball. That made it possible for Barcelona to dominate the game.

I know how Barcelona play, I've studied them and I organised my team so they couldn't speed up play and move forward quickly. They attack with a lot of players but when they lose the ball there is room for a swift counterattack. I wonder why Spanish coaches don't examine this team well. I saw games where they had fifteen chances, something I don't understand.

We consciously acted from the defence, tried to block all zones where they built their attacks. In each zone our players backed each other. The task was to counter-attack as soon as the ball was ours. The rival was open and we had to use the spaces. We didn't always manage to do it because of the state of the field and because we didn't always made the correct decisions.

We showed a lack of experience, sometimes we were a bit scared, but our team is improving all the time. We are getting better and better and I hope that will continue. I'm happy with our game but you're always a bit bitter when you lose. It's ok to lose to a great team like Barcelona, but you don't have to be happy about it."


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European Super Cup: Barcelona-Shakhtar 1-0 (aet)

14 comments:

Tvaab said...

No you didn't

Harsha said...

barca controlled the most of the game... and you still think you deserve more???

Anonymous said...

wtf is this a-hole talking about?

they deserve more? Guardiola and Platini agreed to the penalty? he doesn't understand why spanish teams can't defend us?

clown

sachin said...

wat a SORE looser...

buj said...

What is it with losing team coaches/managers always claiming a penalty as an excuse not to accept defeat as it is?

skanjos said...

there is nothing worst than a sore loser....

barcelona deserved a penalty too ,and busquets did a foul outside the box,not a penalty ,somebody should tell him to watch the replay....

tero said...

Well their defence was very disciplined,gotta give it to them...possession was ours again

Anonymous said...

Don't pay attetion to this guy.
He's a typical romanian: arrogant, lier and can not lose.

mike in africa said...

come'on guys. this guy did great. their game plan was clear and it worked pretty well against us. i don't think the claiming for penalty was right (i don't even think it was even a legit one) and barca probably had 2 pretty good ones too. he admits to be bitter tho. give him a break and show some respect like our barca players n guardiola would :)

Anonymous said...

u deserve to be runner up.

Kosovali said...

Ibrahimovic deserved a penalty too.Rat had contact with his legs and, it was the last man

rahul said...

blah blah bottomline u lost retard n had iniesta been there n we had been in teh mid season then we wud have killed ur pathetic team. stupid looser making excuses playing with 10 men behind teh ball man teh possession for most part was 75%-25% n he thinks he deserved more no wonder u couldnt qualify for CL looser. we deserved two penalties, n many more free kicks n corners whcih teh ref didnt give. this guy thinks just coz he defeated barca b team last year he is some super coach or something. teh best coaches with teh best teams cant defend us teh likes of manu, chelsea, real have been demolished by us n this guy giving tips on how to defend against us, keep these tips to further ur carrier looser coz if no league n uefa cup this year then i think they will kick ur sorry fucker ass out.
these east european teams all teh same dirty tactics, no technique billionaire owners no ethic neither humility.

Sanur said...

Everyone what are you all talking about the guy is absolutely correct that they deserved more!!!!

They deserved a 5-0 battering which is MORe than the 1-0.

Milo said...

:)) Sachin, i don't think a guy who can't spell "loser" should comment on other people. Therefore your partial writing ability should be revoked.

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