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The best team won, says Garde

11 April 2014 00:27

Lyon boss Remi Garde claims his side can have no complaints about their UEFA Europa League exit at the hands of Juventus on Thursday night.

Despite a spirited performance, Garde's men were beaten 2-1 at Juventus Stadium, handing the Italian champions a 3-1 aggregate win.

Lyon were given hope when Jimmy Briand responded to Andrea Pirlo's early free-kick by levelling the tie, but Claudio Marchisio's 68th-minute effort took a decisive deflection off Samuel Umtiti to send Juventus through with a degree of comfort.

Garde took a number of positives from his side's display, yet conceded Juve deserved to progress.

He told reporters: "I have no regrets for this game, though maybe for the first leg.

"The three goals (across both legs) were a little unusual. Andrea Pirlo's free-kick was marvellous, but we conceded in the first leg at the 85th minute and today Claudio Marchisio scored with a deflection.

"I would've preferred Juve to show their superiority with better goals, but we cannot have regrets really. The best team won.

"At half-time we thought that we were getting close to a huge achievement, because we only needed to score one more goal and knew we'd have chances after the break.

"There are always regrets when you go out of a competition, but we have to recognise Juve's superiority, even if over the two legs we didn't see that much difference between the teams. I must say I'm proud of my players."

A decent performance came despite Lyon coming into the game without a host of first-team players, leaving Garde to ponder what might have been had he had a full-strength side at his disposal.

"What were we missing? Maybe half of our team, even if I can't complain about those who played tonight," he added.

"We would've had other solutions in recent games and perhaps reached this tie with fresher legs."

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
10 April 2014
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
On aggregate
3 - 1
Venue
Juventus Stadium (Torino)
Attendance
40710

Goals

A. Pirlo 4'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
18' J. Briand
 (assist by A. Mvuemba)
S. Umtiti (OG) 68'  
2 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
16
3
4
23 68' 84'
17
28
21 88'
12
55
19 18'
10
Coach: R. Garde

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
6
12
5
18
26
30
# Player Bookings
18
26
20
1
2
5
31

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