Porto manager Julen Lopetegui has praised his players for their the great effort they put during the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a result of which, the Portuguese team got eliminated from the Champions League.
Besides Chelsea for the next round of the competition got promoted Dynamo Kiev. The team that that was theoretically weaker than the Portuguese side, but still coach Lopetegui refused to criticise his players for their performances in the Champions League during this season.
Lopetegui told Sport TV:
“With 10 points normally that it is enough to qualify but we lost the previous match [to Kiev] and [the Chelsea game] was complicated,”
“We played against one of the best teams in the world on the counter-attack and we started better than them.”
“We had a plan but the goal changed everything. We wanted to stop their transitions but Chelsea became calmer and forced us to change.”
“Now we will compete in the Europa League. We will fight for another title.”
“The team made a titanic effort in the second half. It was a perfect backdrop for Chelsea but the team’s attitude in the second half was very good. They fought to the end and I have nothing to point out to them.”
“We had some physical problems. We have played several games in recent times.”
“We wanted to take control of the game and prevent their movement. We had a good opportunity from Brahimi at the beginning.”