USM Alger player Hammar Ziri (C) celebrates after scoring against Caps United during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between USM Alger and Caps United in Algiers, Algeria on 9 July 2017 © BackpagePix
Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 14:00
USM Alger coach Paul Put said his team exited the CAF Champions League “with regrets because we also deserved to go in the final”.
The Algerians were beaten 3-1 by Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their semifinal in Morocco on Saturday night, to be bundled out of the continental competition by the same aggregate score.
According to USMA coach Put, his charges were the stronger side in the second half and only lost out because of missed chances.
"I remain convinced that we were clearly better in the second half. But the second goal was very difficult for us,” explained Put, as quoted by Le Buteur.
“Opportunities have been created and we have mostly lacked efficiency. It is true now that we were only one goal of the qualification because at 2-1, we could have added the second and kill this game.
“For the third goal, it was almost folded. It is clear that we leave this competition with regrets because we also deserved to go in the final.”
The Belgian, who enjoyed lengthy spells in charge of Gambia and Burkina Faso, refused to comment on his future with USM, but does not feel his job is under threat following the defeat.
“My future? Later we shall see,” he added. “In any case, I think that having reached the semifinals of the Champions League remains a good thing for a team.
“Are all the coaches who lose in the semifinals sacked? I do not think so. In any case, we will see what will be done tomorrow.”