On the result...
“The game is a mixture of frustration and relief. The game should be over at half-time because we had clear chances in the first half, but it is a relief because with three minutes to go we were 1-0 down. I felt our level dropped in the second half and we did not create as many chances as we would have liked to. We feel we have lost two points today."

On the Kyiv goal...
"The penalty was harsh, Sagna is convinced he was pulled with two hands on his own shirt as the guy went down.

"But we cannot complain about that. We have to deal with that. The referee gave a penalty, so that is that."

On claims that the Gallas goal was offside...
"We do not want to score offside goals, but this is the same referee who should have sent off the left-back three times at least during the game because he destroyed Walcott. And it is the same referee who gave Kiev a penalty which was not complained about."

On kyiv...
"They played with great spirit, were well-organised and defended every ball. They did not look that dangerous in scoring but they were difficult to beat.

"I don’t know how strong they will be in the Group. We have not played Porto and Fenerbache yet. In one month I will know more."

On putting on extra attackers at the end...
 "It was a risk but I did not have much choice. We were on the verge on conceding the second goal. We played with two midfielders - one offensive, one defensive – plus four strikers. We were open and on the verge of getting a knockout."

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