Ricardo admits struggles
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Bordeaux coach Ricardo was satisfied with the performance of his players in the UEFA Champions League defeat to Liverpool.
Peter Crouch headed the winner for The Reds in the second half to leave Bordeaux rooted to the bottom of Group C.
Ricardo, while happy with the home showing, admits his side must do better in front of goal.
"Apart from the first ten minutes, we have almost done everything well. We just struggled to cause problems in the final third," he said.
"We didn't play a bad match, but we always miss details that make the difference.
"I think we showed much more than during the game against PSV. However, it is not enough for the Champions League."
The Girondins coach feels Liverpool's style made it very difficult for his side to break them down.
"Liverpool is not a team you can put in danger easily," he continued.
"As they did against Galatasaray, they let the opponents create the game and they play on the counter-attack."
Ricardo admits his side face a major task in qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.
He has now set his sights on beating Galatasaray into third place and winning a place in the Uefa Cup.
"Now the task is very difficult but it is not over," Ricardo confessed.
"It is not over even if today we can say we are in a position we have deserved.
"We will forget the qualification. Playing for the third position is not so bad.
"In the past, three or four teams have created surprises in the Champions League. I keep faith in that. I am not discouraged."
Midfielder Fernando remains hopeful they can give the Bordeaux fans something to cheer about after picking up just one point from their first three games.
"Three matches are remaining," Fernando told RMC. "It is difficult for us to win once in that competition.
"We will try to win for our fans."
Meanwhile, Ricardo has again rejected rumours of problems with summer signing Johan Micoud.
The 33-year-old has struggled to find his feet so far at the Stade Chaban-Delmas but Ricardo is backing him to come good.
He said: "You can think what you want, but it is not my opinion.
"He cannot find gaps between the opponents, it is not that easy.
"The problem is people want to compare his four years at Bremen with his four months at Bordeaux. He will help us."