All the post match reactions.
We are very disappointed, especially since we put in a good first half. We missed opportunities, even to kill off the match after our opening goal. In addition, on their equalizer, the guy is slightly offside. So obviously we're not happy with that. We have no room for error in the Champions League, it is excellence. We had to win this match to finish well. Overall we showed some good things, because we pulled it back to 2-2 at the end so it proves that at least we have character. But we will have to pick ourselves up.
I think we approached the match well, we made a bright start. After it was an attack-defence for 94 minutes. But they are a skilled team, that gets forward fast and uses the counter attack well. They did well in the second half. The team did not want to lose, so there's character, but the opposition keeper was in great form, and then our strikes were perhaps too pure, not frank enough. This is the highest level, the Champions League requires a lot of concentration, lucidity. After, I think it would have been even harder to win and not finish first with the victory of Schalke. But anyway, we lost to Benfica in the first period, then the first-place away to Schalke. We now await the draw, knowing that we are vaccinated against the big teams, after our victory last year against Real.
We lowered our rhythm in the second half despite opening the scoring, we were not very organized on the pitch. We made some bizarre defensive mistakes. We conceded two goals due to errors. You cannot make mistakes like that. We do not know who we are going to be up against in the last 16, but I think the team is a bit disappointed because the in last three games we lost twice and drew.
It's was nice, I scored my first goal in the Champions League in my second game, so it's good. After that, we did not win, and finish in second place, in addition Schalke won. In the second half we lost a little rhythm. In the dressing room we were disappointed, but we must now think of the game this weekend against Toulouse.
This is not a good result for us, we really wanted to win. We are not surprised because we knew they were going to play on the counter attack. I am more surprised by the fact that we conceded a goal so soon after ours (that of Lisandro). We mismanaged the return phase, we're second and we will have to go and get a qualification from the last 16 away from home. There are a lot of big teams, we'll see who we draw. Schalke achieved what we failed to against Benfica, so we're doubly disappointed.
Even if we had finished first, we know that the Champions League matches are always high level. We will obviously draw a big side in the last 16, for sure. It will be in two months, time so we'll see.