Mircea Lucescu’s thoughts on the offal are very interesting:
It is a good thing that we’ve got a second leg so we’ll still have a chance. We’ve lost a game that we shouldn’t have lost. A lack of practice coming into the game saw us concede the first goal. After that we had the game under control.
There were a lot of chances out of which we could have scored but unfortunately we couldn’t find the right solution. This was a rivalry between two different styles of game – Fulham were playing very strong passes and we based our game on technique and speed. As a result we had a spectacular game for the fans.
Now we have to do our best to realise our potential in Donetsk and win the game. It will be very difficult because Fulham are very well organised, especially in defence. We’ll definitely have to find ways to weaken their defence and create our own chances.
We hope that the referees in Donetsk will facilitate a beautiful game and not what happened today, I’m not judging the referee – he had his own method of judgement which facilitated more physical football.
But I congratulate Fulham, they are a great team who have a very good defence and play in a compact manner, that’s why it’s going to be very difficult in the second leg. I’m sure we will be in better form in Donetsk. Fulham definitely had some luck and managed to take advantage of their chances but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate Fulham’s defensive strength.