2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Brazil-Côte d'Ivoire: Quotes

Carlos Dunga head coach of Brazil (R) and Sven Goran Eriksson head coach of Ivory Coast meet
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Dunga, Brazil coachWe had to be totally focused in this game because Côte d'Ivoire's main strength is their speed. Against Portugal they sat back and tried to take advantage of mistakes before hitting them on the break. But we were patient and moved the ball around a bit more. I think that the whole team played well, but of course Luis Fabiano was excellent.

Sven-Goran Eriksson, Côte d’Ivoire coachWith the score at 3-1, I still felt we were in with a chance of at least drawing level but unfortunately we weren't able to get another goal. The Brazil team have a lot of quality and their players work very well in small spaces. We've had very difficult games in this first round, particularly today. I hope that we can still qualify, depending on what happens between Portugal and Korea DPR.

Luis Fabiano, Brazil strikerThe goals finally came. I'd been playing and training hard but the goals didn't want to come. But I didn't stop trying and knew that it'd happen at some point. And once you get one, others follow. I'm grateful for the faith the coach and my team-mates had in me, which was vital. They knew that I was training hard, grafting away after a period on the sidelines. I'm happy about the result and the win because it was a tough game.

Julio Cesar, Brazil goalkeeperWe were drawn in one of the most difficult groups, if not the most difficult. We were a bit nervous in our opening game. Anxiety had taken hold, but I knew that we'd play better today and that's why we've come off the pitch happy. Yet again we've conceded a goal, but at least we've let them in at moments we could afford to. We're going to need to iron out a few flaws ahead of the knockout stages, so we don't make any more mistakes. But, in any case, the Brazil fans should keep supporting us because we're united and confident.

Didier Drogba, Côte d'Ivoire strikerIt's going to be hard for us to qualify now because our fate's no longer in our hands. But I'm not sad, just a little disappointed. Our team has made progress since the last World Cup, but we could have been a bit more ambitious and tried to go for the game a bit more.

Kolo Toure, Côte d'Ivoire defenderWe needed to be a bit more clinical and do a better job of finishing off some of the counter-attacks we had. Then they took the first chance they had and that changed everything. After the goal we changed the way we'd been playing. We can't afford to waste counter-attacks like we did today, it's unforgivable. We've got no margin for error in our next match, we need to be more compact and put away our chances.

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