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Gerrard happy to be top of Europa League group despite Spartak stalemate

Steven Gerrard is happy to sitting at the summit of their Europa League group, despite being unable to beat Spartak Moscow at Ibrox on Thursday night.

The former Liverpool midfielder has steered his Rangers side on a record-breaking 11 game unbeaten streak in Europe this season, despite being handed a tricky looking group featuring sides all with Champions League experience.

However, before last night’s draw against Spartak Moscow at Ibrox, the Gers had earned a highly commendable draw with Villarreal at El Madrigal before beating Austrian outfit Rapid Vienna, a record which sees the top their Europa League group by the virtue of their head-to-head record with the Spanish side.

“I would certainly have signed up for being top of the group at this stage. I would have signed up for that on June 15 on day one. We have got five points alongside Villarreal and three games to go so there are a lot of hard work and big challenges ahead,” Gerrard told his post-match press conference.

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“The job has become a little bit more difficult because we never got the breakthrough tonight, I understand that. But there is still loads of football to play and big games for the players to play in and me to coach in. I am really excited going forward.”

Speaking about the game against Spartak, Gerrard said his side were missing a little bit of quality to take all three points.

“It was just that little bit of magic or last bit of quality we needed,” he said. “We did enough to marginally win the game maybe. We played very well for 45 minutes. We lost control for 10 or 15 minutes in the second half.

“We kept winning the ball back and instead of making four or five passes, we gave it back to them and lost our shape and our way.

“Then we came strong into the game again for the final part. We always felt our fitness might be the difference in the final stages.

“We asked them at half-time if they could create that moment which gives us the breakthrough. We created the moment but just couldn’t finish it off.”

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