on the all-important decision to rule out Thierry Henry's late 'goal'
"I felt it was a goal. The referee has not seen anything. We have to accept sometimes the referees give goals because they do not see things. Tonight we have a new thing - that they cancel goals because they saw things that did not exist. So that is a new problem they have raised."

on Thierry Henry's reaction
"I knew from the reaction of Thierry. I did not see better than the referee. Thierry said: 'I swear I did not touch the ball at all with my hand'. It was his stomach. It was a very bad decision, and we suffered from it."

on CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to Moscow, they played very well. They defended very well and tried to catch us on the break and on set pieces. We fought hard but they defended in an intelligent way. Sometimes I felt they had an advantage when they tried to catch us on one or two occasions without being punished."

on the nature of the game
"Until they went 1-0 ahead, Moscow were sharper than us, winning more fights than us and finally got the advantage they deserved at that point of the game. We tried to attack after that, and they defended in an intelligent way. They got a bit of luck with the goal which was cancelled, but overall they have shown great quality. We lost the ball because we were running after the game, and then we gave away chances."

on the free-kick for their goal
"It was very surprising to me. He let the play go for a long time and then he gave the free-kick. The minimum you can say is that the really important decisions in the game went against us and luckily for them."

on the pitch
"It was an intense game. We battled hard to come back, but as well the quality of the pitch was a handicap. It was an October pitch. UEFA has to look into that because it is not acceptable that you play on pitches like that in the Champions League. They are a good intelligent side and they deserve a better pitch. It could make them better."

on the return leg at Emirates Stadium
"We knew Moscow were a good team before the game. They are difficult to beat, but I still think we can do that and can show what we can do in the second game."

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17 Oct 2006