Date:Thursday April 9 2009
Basking in the praise of two different but equally impressive strikes the goalscorers from the first leg CL quarter final encounter, Adebayor and Senna, both offered their thoughts on their goals, the pattern of the game and hopes for the return leg.
Not wishing to take all the glory Adebayor immodestly chose to play down the attention on the quality of his own strike saying:
"I think as a player if you score that goal I have you can just enjoy it. I am very happy, very delighted but I think it is even better because we scored an away goal and we draw here so I am very delighted more for that than for the goal. As a striker when you have an opportunity you have only one or two seconds to make a decision and I think I made the right decision today. I am very happy, very pleased and the most important thing is now. Scoring good goals is fine but we have to win trophies."
"We pressed them high in the second half. We knew they would be a little bit tired because they gave everything in the first half and we took advantage of that and by the end we scored one goal and we are very happy.
"I don`t think we have to stand on the 1-1. We are at home and for us the most important thing is to win so I think before our fans that are pushing us we have got a chance to pass through. I don`t say that we have passed through already - it is going to be very difficult but I think if we play our own football we have a chance to pass through."
The heavily rimmed spectacles that Senna wore as he was asked about his goal seemed as incongruous as they were conspicuous given the precision and power behind his excellent strike for the first goal. But he had no qualms about accepting the plaudits for it:
"That could be one of my best. I believe it was very important. We are talking about the champions` league - about the quarter finals but I think it was a terrific goal."
"In the end I think the draw was a fair result because in the first half we were better but not in the second half. Then they were better. A draw is a fair result. I don`t believe we deserved to win with many more goals.
"I think we started very strongly with a lot of intensity but it`s difficult to maintain that for 90 minutes. We started to play more from the back and maybe that complicated things a little bit. They played very well. They needed to score a goal and they succeeded but we are not giving up yet. We have to still play the second leg and try to surprise them there.
"Our mentality will be to go there and win. We have nothing to lose and a lot to win."
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Date:Thursday April 9 2009
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