Jose: We were too nervous
Manuel Jose (Al Ahly coach)
We were very nervous in the first half. You're obviously on a hiding to nothing against an amateur club, and not winning last year just increased the pressure on us. We were severely affected by the pressure today; it was plain for all to see. We lost our shape in the first half, and kept trying to find a way through the middle. We created decent chances, but we failed to put them away due to our nerves. We spent half-time talking about how to put that right. It was basically as if we were playing against ourselves and not Auckland. In the second half, the goal gave us back our belief, we retained possession much better and looked more solid. At the end of the day, that was the decisive factor in winning.
Asked what will have to improve in the semi-final against Internacional
We need to show more belief in ourselves. That's a major difference between Brazilian and Egyptian football. My players don't need to think about things too much. We have nothing to lose, and at worst we'll gain valuable experience. We have some good individuals, so there's no need to be frightened of anyone.
Allan Jones (Auckland City coach)
We've played very well today for an amateur club. All my players did their jobs very well, especially in the first half. We made a double substitution at the start of the second half, hoping to put Al Ahly under pressure, but it wasn't to be. We were down to ten men with an injury when they took the lead. You're obviously vulnerable when you've only got ten players on the field, although that's not to take anything away from Flavio. Al Ahly played exactly as I expected. They were without a handful of important players, but it didn't harm their footballing quality or strategy at all. I think the main reason we lost today was the difference in technical ability. Ahly boast outstanding players such as Aboutrika; he's capable of settling a match on his own.
Why Iwamoto was omitted from the starting line-up
I basically wanted to play him from the start, but the pace was very high today and he's been out for a long time with injury. I think leaving him out to start with was the right decision, as we need to bring him in gradually. After he came on, he showed how important he could be for our team with his ability to create space.
Grant Young (Auckland City)
Obviously we're a bit disappointed, but we can be proud of what we've achieved, especially when you think of how much has happened in the weeks running up to the game, changing coach for example. We were a little too nervous today. We gave a good account of ourselves in the first half, and kept it tight at the back. The opening goal was pure class, there was nothing we could do about that.
Wael Gomaa (Al Ahly)
We've made a good impression today. We showed what we're capable of. We missed loads of chances in the first half, but we were much better in that respect after half-time. We've done a good job today.