Monaco's Deschamps admits Porto a better vintage

27th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, May 26 (AFP) - Newly-crowned Champions League kings FC Porto were deserved winners admitted Monaco coach Didier Deschamps.

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, May 26 (AFP) - Newly-crowned Champions League kings FC Porto were deserved winners admitted Monaco coach Didier Deschamps.

The World Cup and Euro 2000 winning French captain said that the Portuguese side's 3-0 victory over Monaco here on Wednesday had been deserved and illustrated the gap in class between them.

"There is a different level between Porto and Monaco," said the 35-year-old, who won it twice as a player with Marseille and Juventus.

"It is logical they won because they are a better side even if I am bitterly disappointed and to lose 3-0 we did not deserve and is hard to take.

"It was a great adventure but in the end we have ended up with nothing," added Deschamps, whose side finished third in the championship after holding a huge lead at the turn of the year.

Deschamps said that the crucial point was when playmaker Ludovic Giuly had to go off injured in the first half-hour after he had shone early on.

"The injury to Giuly at the beginning upset our attacking rhythm," he admitted.

"If Porto had lost Deco (one of their scorers and playmaker) then they would have been similarly in difficulty and it would not have been a similar match."

However he was sad for his players after all their efforts.

"They played with willingness and enthusiasm so to lose is bad enough but to lose 3-0 is very hard to take," he said.

Deschamps, who is likely to lead an exodus out of the club during the summer having been linked with taking over the vacancy at Juventus, said it would take time for the wounds of defeat to heal.

"It will take a while to console the players as they will remember the defeat for a long time," said Deschamps, who was on the losing side twice in the final.

"They will be sad for a while but then they will realise it is just a game and they will have another crack at it next season."

Deschamps acknowledged that it was a great achievement to have got to the final but the inner steel that made him such a great captain revealed itself in his despair at losing.

"It is great to have got to the final and to have had a chance to win such a prize...but it is a shame that we didn't manage to," he said.


© AFP

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