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Thursday March 14 2019
Lyon boss Bruno Genesio: Barcelona had too much quality

Lyon boss Bruno Genesio has confessed his side could not cope with Barcelona’s quality during their Champions League defeat: “It made all the difference.”

The French side held the Catalan giants to a scoreless draw in their Round of 16 first leg but fell apart in the Camp Nou, losing 5-1 and crashing out of the competition.

“It was the quality of Barcelona that made all the difference,” Genesio told RMC Sport, in quotes cited by Get France Football News.

“We intended to play with a high block, by advancing (pressing), but sadly the technical quality and the opposing team did not allow us to do it.

“Whenever you fail to pick up anything over the course of two legs, you of course question the tactical system and the starting XI chosen.

“I think that our system was well-adapted to face them, but we surrendered play way too much in the first half…regrets, no, but questions, certainly.

“I think that there were two quite different halves, the first one during which we suffered quite a lot under Barcelona’s press, and the second where we were more present in the game.

“We managed to score, and we felt that Barcelona were doubting themselves for a quarter of an hour. But their third closed the debate.”

Football Italia website