Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez was left with mixed emotions after his side’s 1-1 Champions League draw with CSKA Moscow.
Sevilla took a 25th-minute lead in the last-16 first leg through Alvaro Negredo but hosts CSKA salvaged a draw thanks to former Real Betis winger Mark Gonzalez, who scored with a superbly-struck long-range equaliser midway through the second half.
“Although the result is good, we cannot avoid going away with a bittersweet taste in the mouth,” Jimenez said.
“We adapted to the elements and controlled the ball. In the end it was a shame they got that great goal from Mark Gonzalez, which enabled them to get a better result than they expected.
“We knew the opponent, how they played. It was normal that at 1-0 they would come at us with everything in the second half. Our intention was to catch them on the counterattack but you don’t always get what you want. It was not possible and so the result leaves a sour taste.
“It’s not a negative result, as scoring away from home is always positive. (But) I was convinced that the game was going to be ours, it’s not completely gone the way I wanted and I’m sure that CSKA, who are a great team, will come and give it everything at our ground.
“A 0-0 is much worse than a 1-1, but we had prepared for the game to win it. Anyway, we can continue dreaming, because in 104 years, Sevilla have the opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.”
CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky was disappointed to have conceded an early goal, but said his side would take the fight to Sevilla in the second leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
“We wanted to win very much but failed to keep a clean sheet,” Slutsky said.
“After that Sevilla played well defensively, but we managed to level and had chances to score the winner.
“Now the Spanish side have a better chance to go through, but we are going to fight until the very end. Everything will be decided in the return match.”