Garcia: "OM deserve to qualify"

08 dec 2017
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The reaction of the Olympic trainer after his team's 0-0 draw match against Salzburg at the Orange Velodrome and qualifying for the knockouts in the Europa League.

"We played a serious and solid match against a team who could relax. Salzburg deserves their first place and OM deserves to qualify. There are no more chances to qualify by finishing first or second, even if we move back. After two qualifying rounds, we have reached the group phase and the aim was to get there. We did it. Now we have to recover quickly because there is a big match on Sunday.
"We were lacking technical accuracy and shots. We put pressure on the opposing goalkeeper and he was good. The second half was better but we attacked with less players, the backs were less assembled...when a draw is enough, we don't offer an olive branch.
"I didn't follow the other match, in any case, it only depended on us. I offer my congratulations to the 23,000 spectators. It will take a poster to fill the stadium. That will be the case no matter the opponent.
"I hope that the final of the knockouts isn't too far away because the second leg will be three days before the clasico. There are four Italian teams in the draw...we'll see!
"I started Njie because we need a player capable of penetrating the defence, taking depth and verticality. He could have shot more. I enjoyed his performance, like Payet and Germain. Sarr also played a big part."
"Thauvin is no worse than before Metz or Guingamp but we gave him a break."