2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Korea DPR-Côte d'Ivoire: Quotes

Sven Goran Eriksson head coach of Ivory Coast looks thoughtful
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Sven-Goran Eriksson, Côte d'Ivoire coach
We needed to score sooner to disrupt their organisation and believe we could do it, but they kept their discipline. We created a lot of chances and I can't be negative about this match – on the contrary, in fact. We have regrets about the last 15 minutes of our game against Portugal. We should have taken more risks to score. When I accepted this job, it was very clear that it would be until the end of our World Cup and that's come today, but I'm very happy with how it went because the team improved over time and they showed that in all three matches. They've acquired discipline and organisation. These are good players, they listen and they want to learn and work. Côte d'Ivoire have a great team and a very bright future.

Kim Jong-Hun, Korea DPR coach
I think this experience has been positive, and despite the three defeats we put in at least two good performances. This competition can help us lay foundations that we'll be able to build on to improve and return. This World Cup has been very useful to us. My players didn't stop working hard until the last minute of the final match.

Didier Drogba, Côte d'Ivoire striker and captain and Budweiser Man of the MatchWe did everything we could to get out of the group, but the FIFA rankings were respected in the end. We had a hugely difficult group back in 2006 and it was the same again this year. We're disappointed. We have very good players in this squad and we showed in our matches that we can compete with the best teams. I have a few regrets, particularly about our game against Portugal; we could have scored. I'm very happy to have contested my second consecutive World Cup, like the rest of my country.

Salomon Kalou, Côte d'Ivoire forward
We've improved and we were better prepared than in 2006. We knew where to position ourselves and what we needed to do on the pitch. Today, we were well-organised and in that sense we've matured in comparison to our first World Cup. If we continue to work hard, one day we'll make it to the top. You never start right at the top – you get there by working.

Emmanuel Eboue, Côte d'Ivoire defender
We have no reason to be disappointed with our tournament. We've taken four points and only lost against Brazil. We're a lot better than we were four years ago and we play more as a team. It was difficult today up against five defenders, but our midfielders and forwards still succeeded in finding openings. We created a lot of opportunities and should have scored more goals.

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