CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky is refusing to get carried away, despite an impressive victory in Sevilla that ensured his side a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Slutsky did praise his players for keeping their heads after Diego Perotti had cancelled out Tomas Necid’s opener, before Keisuke Honda’s 55th-minute effort secured a 2-1 win on the night and a 3-2 aggregate success.
“We knew what to expect after the first leg,” he said. “Having given ourselves the lead we knew they were capable of scoring at any given moment. With the tie locked [at 2-2] they were looking for another goal but we did well to make sure they didn’t get it. I am happy that despite Sevilla managing to get a goal back, we did not allow them to seize the initiative and controlled the course of the game after we scored the second.
“It’s difficult to talk about the match from a tactical point of view, although it was neither the most emotional nor the toughest we have encountered.
“Some things [we planned] worked, others did not; that’s football. We substituted Krasic because we had to defend, therefore sacrificing some attacking potential as we focused on not conceding.”
Meanwhile, Sevilla coach, Manuel Jimenez, acknowledged that the result was a disaster.
“The result is disastrous and we can only apologise to our fans,” he said. “We invested so much in this tie. I am the only one responsible for what has happened here tonight and I’ll repeat that as many times as I need to.
“CSKA are a very good team. They waited for their chances despite technically being behind in the tie at the start. For our part we had a great opportunity to go ahead when the game was still goalless; normally we score in those situations but Luis Fabiano’s effort found their goalkeeper. This is the type of difficult game you come up against in difficult competitions.”