Vitesse Arnhem manager Henk Fraser spoke to the NOS after their 3-0 defeat away to French team OGC Nice in the Europa League.

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The loss makes it two defeats out of two so far in the Europa League group stages, and Fraser admitted that his side are learning some harsh lessons in the tournament.

Fraser said, “We are disappointed. The Europa League is a massive learning curve for us. The way in which we conceded the 2nd goal was particularly disappointing.

“We were warned throughout the game of the dangers of OGC Nice and after that it was damage limitation for us.

“We must realize where we are in Europe as Dutch teams and the ┬ástandard that we face in terms of opponents have better ball skills and better physical attributes.

“OGC Nice was a bridge too far for us tonight as Lazio was as well. We did have chances in the game when we went 1-0 down. It will be very difficult for us to reach the knock-out phase of the Europa League.

“We came out of pot 4 in the draw and we knew beforehand that OGC Nice and Lazio were going to be very difficult opponents and better than what we are.

“My players gave everything tonight. I cannot fault them but once again we must realize where we stand as Dutch teams when we face European opponents.”

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