On the performance overall...
 "It was a very physical game. Sparta played with a total commitment in the first half and stopped us from playing. We needed to be patient and not make a mistake. At one stage we were lucky as well because they hit the post but we needed to play with more purpose going forward and in the second half we did that a little more. That is why we were more dangerous going forward."
 
On the state of the tie...
"I am very pleased with the result because it was a very difficult game. For me 2-0 is not qualified and we know we have to keep on our toes. But the second goal is a mental blow for them."
 
On staying in control...
"What I am pleased about is that the team has a resilience. They fight until the last second and they have shown that again because they scored a goal late on.  We have matured. What I like as well is that we got a few yellow cards but we did not get a second one."
 
 On Jens Lehmann...
"Against Fulham I felt he made a big mistake in the first minute but after that he had a good performance. He has shown mental strength. Today he has made some great save and on the second goal he has been very influential."
 
On the scoreline being flattering...
"Possibly. Perhaps it should have been 1-0. But we scored our goals, took our chances and defended well. They had some chances as well - once in the first half and on the free kick. In fairness they did not give many chances away and we did not either. They have a good defence."

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