Was it a case of not properly showing up today?
“Not not showing up. But we had a great start, control of the game and at that point we started to get sloppy. Not taking control and ram it home, keep doing the right things and moving the ball as we were and winning it back so quickly. We got sloppy, slower in our game and it was hard to change the tempo after that. In the second half we came out well. If Christian goes through and scores instead of shooting wide and pulling his hamstring. There were certain circumstances which conspired against us, for no bad reason. In terms of football, we didn’t play well enough.”
Thoughts on the penalty decision and the Kovacic sending off?
“I thought it was a penalty and it wasn’t a sending off. I think that is pretty clear.”
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Do you think the decisive part of the game was not dealing with Aubameyang?
“I mean he scores two goals, one being a penalty. We were very clear with the threat. Arsenal play long balls behind you. They play football as well, but they also have a threat of a long ball behind you in that channel. The frustrating part of the game on the day is that when you show that a lot to the players and work with it, we allowed them in easily. He’s a quality player. The second goal it’s the type of speed and quality of his level in a player who wins games like this. We didn’t play well today, but we had our chances. In a game like that, Aubameyang can finish you off.”
Were there signs of tiredness?
“Yes, I can’t criticise the players in their approach or desire to win the game. Obviously, well enough and we know that in our dressing room but we go into this game with Willian pulled out in the last 24 hours or so.
“Same with Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Two hamstrings, Pedro dislocated his shoulder maybe. It has been a busy…