On being second best...
"We lost the match and came second. Porto were stronger than us tonight. In the first half, we were not in trouble until the first goal, from then on the game became more difficult. I feel under performed is maybe a big word. When we are 2-0 down the belief was not there and we were not strong enough to come back."

On where it went wrong...
"We have seen our weaknesses from when we were in a position where we had to come out at the back and put them under pressure, because we lost balls where you cannot afford to lose balls and we were in trouble.

"In the last 20 minutes, they were dangerous every time we lost the ball and we were not effective enough up front."

On his team selection...
"We had some injured players at home, but we have played five times now out of six a game away from home in the Premier League after a European game. This was the only match we could try to protect our next fixture in the championship, that is why we did it. But many of the players who stayed at home were a doubt any way."

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