Magath not worried by defeat

BY foxsports • September 15, 2010

Schalke manager Felix Magath was not too concerned about his side's 1-0 defeat to Lyon in their opening Champions League Group B fixture.

The Royal Blues have made a dismal start to the season with three consecutive defeats in the Bundesliga and now this debut defeat in the Champions League.

However, Magath is not disappointed with his side.

"Overall, we gave a good impression of ourselves and performed well," he said.

"We still have every chance in the Champions League. This was the one game in our group which we could get away with losing.

"This defeat doesn't harm anything."

Magath felt his side were unfortunate to lose and he was critical of the referee for showing Benedikt Howedes a red card in the 38th minute.

"The turning point in the game was the red card for Howedes," he said on his club's website.

"I absolutely cannot understand how the referee can see the incident as a red card, but then in a similar situation beforehand not show (Pape) Diakhate a card at all for a foul on (Klaas-Jan) Huntelaar.

"That was bitter because we were even with them beforehand and were in control of the game."

Magath is therefore confident that his team can register their first win of the season in the Westphalian derby with Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.

"I have seen improvements in our defensive work and, therefore, I am optimistic for the weekend and the Bundesliga," he said.

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