What did you make of the efficiency of your gamers?
For certain a great efficiency and from the beginning till the top, the strategy to handle the sport was very constructive. very effectively when there are these kind of video games, these must-win video games it is by no means simple as a result of at the moment we had just one end result, to get three factors, to win, solely as a result of it was a derby, a north London derby and we knew very effectively the significance for the followers.
As a result of within the first leg we misplaced 3-1, particularly as a result of to win this sport would give us the chance to remain on this race, the chance to take a spot within the Champions League. I am happy for the dedication and the perspective of my gamers, for the best way that they managed the strain.
On the similar time I used to be very clear with them, it is proper to rejoice but when we do not win on Sunday we danger that you simply received a derby. Now we’re very shut for an enormous achievement. We’re one level lower than Arsenal. There are two video games to go. I believe we’ve got an vital sport towards Burnley.
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We misplaced towards Burnley and you understand very effectively that after this sport it made me very, very offended. I believe it was a great step for me, for my gamers, for the membership to know what I wished of my gamers and now to remain on this place I believe at the moment, none of us may assume that two video games to we’d have the chance to play for a spot within the Champions League.
What did you make of the purple card? Mikel Arteta will not say something about it however he appears very upset about it?
I believe that Mikel Arteta is a very good coach. He is being a very good coach. He is simply began to do that job and I believe that I hear him complain quite a bit. I believe that he must be targeted extra on his crew and to not complain.
As a result of he has simply began his work and I believe he needs to be calm and to attempt to proceed to work. As a result of he is superb however to take heed to a coach complain quite a lot of time is just not good.
But it surely’s okay, the purple card for me it was clear. Do not forget towards Liverpool I mentioned nothing what occurred with Fabinho, quite a lot of time, as a result of if we wish to complain we’ve got the chance each sport to discuss the referee, in regards to the choice, in regards to the postponed sport, I believe that that is the recommendation if you wish to settle for the recommendation. In the event you do not I do not care.
Was he complaining in the course of the sport or post-match?
You mentioned to me in regards to the post-match feedback.
What about in the course of the sport, he appeared to be complaining?
Throughout the sport I am targeted on the sport, on my crew, on my gamers. I do not see what occurred on the other aspect, however I repeat he is a very good coach and I believe he can change into an vital coach sooner or later. However in six months I’ve listened to him complain quite a bit, and I believe that I repeat it is solely recommendation, nothing else – as a result of he is superb and it is not good to complain quite a bit. Additionally as a result of he has simply began to do that job.
Have been you impressed with how your crew coped with the event?
I am delighted with the best way we managed the strain. I talk about this, the strain was solely on our shoulders tonight. Arsenal may draw or win, that they had two good outcomes to maintain us removed from a spot within the Champions League.
To see my gamers handle this, what occurs when there’s a purple card on the opposite aspect it’s a must to pay extra consideration particularly once they have one yellow card. We spoke with Ben after the primary half to concentrate. I’m delighted with the best way they managed and the perspective they confirmed.
Are you able to inform us some other cases when he is complained and you’ve got seen?
In the event you keep in mind he complained in regards to the fixture. It isn’t good to complain. Arsenal have been good to postpone a sport in an unbelievable approach with Covid and so they solely had one participant with Covid. I didn’t overlook this. If he desires to complain, we’ve got quite a lot of prospects to complain.
Now, at the moment I can complain about why I’ve to play on Sunday at 12pm and Arsenal has to play on Monday night time. And so they have at some point extra relaxation. We performed towards Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and now after solely two days we’ve got to play and we’ve got to play the primary sport at 12pm.
Did you utilize the Covid postponement as a motivating issue?
For certain, it wasn’t a great scenario as a result of we have been able to play at the moment and to see the sport postponed in an odd approach made us offended. However that is the previous, the current is completely different.
I mentioned within the press convention I desire to play towards Arsenal with all their gamers obtainable as a result of if I’ve to beat Arsenal, they should play with all their gamers. I believe possibly my gamers have been a bit offended additionally for the primary leg, as a result of we misplaced 3-1 on the Emirates Stadium.
After which I repeat: an vital goal tonight. Solely profitable the sport would proceed the chance to maintain hope of ending within the Champions League locations.
Was there a stability between anger and the proper perspective?
It is not simple as a result of it’s a must to pay nice consideration to discover a good stability. In the event you push an excessive amount of your gamers, you danger an reverse reply. Additionally on this side, in six months and a half we labored step-by-step. Additionally for me it was vital to know my gamers a lot better and them to know me a lot better, and perceive typically once I’m offended, why I am offended. Do not forget the defeat towards Burnley made me very offended, in the event you keep in mind.
However now, they’re bettering in lots of features. Not solely on the pitch however mentally they’re changing into robust. However now we’re speaking to inform quite a lot of constructive issues however on Sunday we’ve got to win. So I ask to our followers to recreate this ambiance as a result of tonight it was wonderful. The followers scored one purpose. We scored two and one for our followers.
It will be vital on Sunday to remain collectively and create once more this ambiance. We have to play this sport all collectively as a result of it will not be simple. It will be a sporting warfare, clearly.