All about patience today?
“I think we played against a dangerous opponent, because they are very dangerous in short and long counter-attacks, so we had to have good positions under the goal-line in the offensive phase otherwise we were in trouble.
“I think that we played a very good match for 85 minutes. We were in full control of the match. But we didn’t kill the match and so, for us, it’s very difficult to defend in the box in the last five minutes because we haven’t very good physical impact, so we are in trouble in the box.
“But for 85 minutes we were in full control without conceding anything to the opponents.
“I didn’t like only that we weren’t able to kill off the match before. [It was] better in the second half, I think, because in the first half we did everything very well but slowly. In the second half, for 40 minutes, we moved the ball better.”
“I think he has to think to defend first of all. He is improving, especially in his movement without the ball. Today the movement was really very good and done with the right timing.
“It’s very important for us when we have to play against opponents very low, where the strikers and wingers find it hard to find space. It’s about the movement of the midfielders.
“We have to work on Loftus and Barkley on this. Loftus, especially, is a very great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.”
Extent of Olivier Giroud’s injury?
“The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity. We have to wait for tomorrow. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known tomorrow.”
“In the last few days we were a but unlucky. Yesterday in ten minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud today, and today we were already without Pedro and Odoi.
“We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days.”
What was Cesc Fabregas’s injury?
“Fabregas is a neck problem. The injury was in the last five minutes of training, so I’m not sure about whether he has to rest for two or for ten days. I don’t know about the moment.
“I will have a meeting with the doctor this evening.”