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The coach was impressed with his side's efforts over the two legs, saying there was not too much between the two sides despite the superior talent at the Old Lady's disposal

Remi Garde praised his Olympique Lyonnais players despite their elimination from the Europa League at the hands of Juventus on Thursday.

The Ligue 1 underdogs lost 2-1 in Turin to exit the competition 3-1 on aggregate, although they were within one goal of progression for 50 minutes of action courtesy of Jimmy Briand's equaliser on the night.

Garde was proud that his side had kept the tie competitive until Samuel Umtiti’s own goal midway through the second half at Juventus Stadium eventually killed off any hopes of progression.

“I must say I am proud of my players,” the Lyon boss told reporters.

“At half-time we thought that we were getting close to a huge achievement because we only needed to score one more goal and we knew we would have chances after the break.

“It is always disappointing when you go out of a competition, but we have to recognise Juve’s superiority - even if over the two legs we did not see that much difference between the teams.”

Clearly reluctant to speak negatively about his side’s exploits over the two legs, Garde said the most frustrating element had been losing a goal so late to Leonardo Bonucci in the first leg, which made his side’s task more difficult.

He continued: “I have no regrets for this game - maybe for the first leg.

“The three goals we conceded were unusual. Andrea Pirlo’s free kick was marvellous, but we conceded in the first leg after 85 minutes and today Claudio Marchisio scored with a deflection.

“I would have rather Juve showed their superiority over us by having to score better goals, but we cannot honestly have too many regrets.”

Lyon return to action on Sunday when they face the first of two meetings in as many weeks against French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

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