How much did Saturday hurt and what’s been the reaction?
“It hurt us because once you reach a final you want to win. We were so close and overcame a huge opponent in the semi-final. We had the feeling we deserved to be in the final and after the match, we had the feeling we deserved to win.
“So we were hurt, of course, disappointed about the result yes, but not too disappointed about the performance. Given the circumstances that we play in different competitions, it’s not so easy. Usually, the pressure builds up from match to match and ends up logically in a final.
“That is not the case for us, playing three competitions. You win the semi-final against Real Madrid and go back into the race of top-four, then you play the final of the FA Cup, and then go back to top-four again. It’s not that easy to be focused and have the concentration level and the right amount of tension.
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It’s not always logical, and for that, given the circumstances, first time with spectators, a big match, we’re also not that experienced in our squad in finals. So it was an okay performance, but we were unlucky. So there’s nothing to worry too long about.
“We spoke about the game, we had a post-match talk, and now we focus on the match tomorrow, the same opponent but a totally different competition.”
Do you have to win tomorrow night’s game at all-costs given the Liverpool result yesterday?
“Well, that didn’t make things boring in the Premier League, that late goal from Alisson! But, at all costs…I don’t like, because it’s not what we do. We want to win games. It’s not about life and death but it’s also super important for our ambitions.
“Of course, the situation is very clear: it’s still in our hands. So this is very positive and what we worked hard for. We approach the game more or less like any other game, the more tension is on the more normal approach we…