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Aguirre A Happy Man after Clash with Olympique Marseilles
    2008-10-02 16:44:13     Xinhua

Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre was delighted with his players after watching his side defeat Olympique Marseilles 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

Speaking late on Tuesday night after the game, Aguirre reflected on the goals from striker Kun Aguero and midfielder Raul Garcia, which mean his side have an excellent chance to reaching the last 16 of the competition

"We played a great first and we could have finished off the game straight after the first goal, because Kun had a one on one with the keeper. However, in the second half, you could see the team was tired and we gave too much space to our rivals," said Aguirre on the Atletico website.

Nevertheless, the Mexican recognized that his side's win was vital for their aim to progress on their return to the Champions League for the first time in 11 years.

"We have taken a giant step forward, I think you are obliged to win your home games and the most important thing is that we have won an important match," added the Atletico coach.

Although Atletico must now travel to Anfield to play Liverpool, the win against Olympique coupled with their 3-0 thrashing of PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago, puts Aguirre's side in a good position to reach the knockout stage of the competition.

 
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