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By ESPN Staff
Nov 1, 2006

'Copenhagen can reach last 16' - Solbakken

COPENHAGEN, Nov 1 (Reuters) - FC Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken said he was not surprised his team beat Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League match and that the road to the last 16 is now open.

'You should dream big if you dream at all,' he told reporters after their 1-0 victory in Group G. 'I knew that any team in the world coming here would have trouble scoring more than one goal.

'I told the players that if we score the result will be 1-0 or 1-1. I'm not surprised that we won, but I wouldn't have put all my money on it before the game.'

Solbakken said the Danish champions need one more miracle in what he described as a 'wide open group'.

United remain top with nine points ahead of Celtic on six after their 3-0 defeat at Benfica, who are level on four points with Copenhagen.

'Anything can happen, we will fight all the way,' said Solbakken. 'I definitely think we have a great chance against Celtic at home and, of course, a very difficult game at Benfica away. I guess we are favourites against Celtic.'

He said United were the more dangerous side throughout the game but praised his players's dedication.

'I'm very proud of the way we played and fought the whole game,' he said. 'The players didn't have energy for the last 10 minutes and they could barely run.'