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23.10.2007 23:58

Rijkaard: “I’m just sorry we didn’t score a goal”

Anna Segura

The Dutch manager has left Glasgow pleased with the team’s performance and said “I am sorry we couldn’t score a goal to make the difference.” Rijkaard believes “a draw was not such a bad result.”

Frank Rijkaard has a sweet and sour taste in his mouth as he returns to Barcelona after a game his side dominated but in which they failed to convert their chances into goals. “A draw in the Champions league is not a bad result” he commented.

“An improved side”

After losing in Villarreal, Rijkaard felt today’s performance symbolised a reaction. “The group has worked well, they fought and improved physically. We are only sorry we couldn’t get the goal to make the difference and that’s why we suffered until the last minute.” He added that the draw “gives us confidence. We have to keep working because everything will come in time.”

Holding on

Frank Rijkaard was asked to defend his decision to play for a draw rather than push forward for the three points in the dying moments of the game. He replied that “the team played to win the match but when there are only two or three minutes left it is better to hold on for the draw.” He added that there is still the return to come at the Camp Nou, where “we are stronger”.

Recognition for Gudjohnsen

Against Rangers, Eidur Gudjohnsen played his first game of the season, and did so in an unfamiliar position, midfield. Rijkaard was impressed with his performance, saying “he was a very important player for us both because of his physical effort and the way he plays.”

At Ibrox Park, Rijkaard made another odd move in playing Carles Puyol at right back, where “he functioned well.” He also mentioned the excellent work put in by central defenders Thuram and Milito.

Videos and comments by the players available on Barça TV Online .

Rijkaard: “I’m just sorry we didn’t score a goal”
Training on Thursday at 18.00
The first team will not train again until Thursday at 18.00. That means the players will get Wednesday off before returning the day after to start their preparations for the weekend fixture at home to Almería, kick off Sunday at 19.00.

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