Lyon boss Rudi Garcia: ‘This is the happiest defeat of my career’

Olympique Lyon coach Rudi Garcia told reporters after he knocked out Juventus out of the Champions League this was one of the best moments of his career. The French side recorded a 1-0 win in France earlier this year and would then score an important away goal to go through to the quarter finals in a match ending in a 2-1 win for Juventus. Garcia has never been this happy with a loss, he said.

“It’s one of the most satisfying moments of my career and getting past Juventus really is an exploit,” Garcia told Sky Sport Italia. “We saw this evening how important the first leg result was, winning 1-0 at home without conceding. We were qualified before stepping on to the field, then converted the penalty to go 1-0 up, but we knew where we were.”

“The penalty we conceded just before half-time hurt us, Juve hadn’t been that dangerous until then and it gave them confidence. Cristiano Ronaldo then scored that real Champions League level goal, but we stayed calm and that was what I appreciated the most about my team. We didn’t panic, we kept plugging away and everyone contributed to keeping the ball.”

“Our first half, both tonight and in the first leg, was really of a high level. We struggled more under pressure in the second halves, but Juve were pouring forward and had nothing to lose, so that was natural. It was tough for Juve to do better without Paulo Dybala, but we proved that we have a strong defence, as we also held out PSG for 120 minutes in the Cup last week. I know this stadium, I came here with Roma, so I know how tough it is to win here. Let’s just say this is the happiest defeat of my career!”