On a disappointing defeat...
We had a lot of possession but were not sharp enough to create clear-cut chances. They defended well and slowed the game down. Saturday's result had no knock-on effect because I had seven players who did not play [in that game] and I had to rest some players. I think we had enough on the pitch to win the game or at least make a draw.

On a frustrating night...
We could play ten matches like that and win eight or nine times but tonight was the one we didn't [win]. Football is like that sometimes when a team focuses not to play and looks to use breaks or set-pieces.

On Carlos Vela's penalty claim...
It is difficult to understand how we did not get a penalty. That shows that the five referees is not an answer to the problem. The turning point was the penalty - I still cannot understand how Carlos Vela got a yellow card. It remains a complete mystery for me.

On needing a point against Partizan to secure qualification from Group H...
It is hard to swallow, but now we have to win our last game. The most important thing for us now is to qualify. It is good because Shakhtar plays against Braga but they [Shakhtar] are the super favourites to win the group.

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