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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 23, 2011

Gomis optimistic after Madrid draw

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis believes his team still have "every chance'' to dump Real Madrid out of the Champions League after his equaliser secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Stade Gerland on Tuesday night.

• Ramos bullish about prospects

Jose Mourinho's side will be favourites to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years thanks to Karim Benzema's away goal, but Gomis remains upbeat.

He told his club's official website: "This result gives us every chance for the return leg. It is far from finished. We preserved our chances. Fortunately we equalised but the match in Madrid looks very difficult.

"There were key periods over the first half. We faced a great Madrid who defended well and a large [Iker] Casillas. Playing against this great team, built to win the Champions League, we put on a beautiful display.

"We wanted to give everything because these European matches are played until the last minute.

"We had shots that could have been better exploited in the first half. We knew it was important to move fast in attack. I missed the first opportunity in the first half but I kept my composure for the rest. After the opening goal we showed we had character.

"We will take time to recover for this weekend's match of Lille, which is very important for the Ligue 1 championship, before thinking of Madrid.''

OL coach Claude Puel was not content with the draw and claims his team deserved more for their first-half performance. He said: "We are not very happy with the result but it was a game of a high standard. It was a nice first half time with a lot of quality - our actions deserved to be realised. The second half was not quite as good but we were able to recover.

"It was a good game of the highest level with lots of character. There was courage and character, especially after the opening goal. The team responded well. It was a good game in the content and has given us an opportunity.

"Real were consistent with what we expected. We knew we had to impose ourselves intelligently. We were a little naive in the first half. We might have analysed some situations better.

"We know what we can do in order to maintain our level.''

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