Lille skipper: We didn't play
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Gregory Tafforeau felt Lille did not play to coach Claude Puel's instructions in losing 1-0 to Manchester United.
The French side slipped to a 2-0 aggregate defeat in their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie after failing to overturn a first-leg deficit.
Peter Odemwingie came closest to scoring at Old Trafford as the striker's close-range header struck the post early in the second half.
But while Lille put up a good fight against the Premiership leaders, captain Tafforeau was not satisfied with the second leg display.
The full-back felt there were too many individual performances and also thought the controversy following the first leg had an impact on the team.
"We played too individually," said Tafforeau. "We didn't respect the instructions.
"Without playing on the flanks, we had few chances to score.
"At Lille, if we want to perform, we have to be on the top level collectively.
"It was a big match with a lot of media coverage and everyone wants to shine. We didn't play.
"People burnt the Manchester players in flames in the first leg, but we must admit they had an unquestionable behaviour during the return leg."