Wenger’s Post-Bayern Press Conference

Q: How do you reflect on the game?
A: “We played against a good team, who took advantage of every opportunity they created in the first half. We had the first 5 minutes quite a good start, but after you could see that we were a bit nervous but Bayern were fully confident and we paid for it. At 2-0 down of course it became very difficult. We put in a good battle in the second half and came back to 2-1, it looked like we could come back to 2-2. Unfortunately we conceded another goal and the 3-1 was a big blow for the team, and from that moment on you could see that we could even concede one more because we did not keep our structure any more. The last 10 minutes were difficult once it was 3-1. As much as it was 2-1 it looked like possibly becoming 2-2. At 3-1 it looked more like we could concede another one.”

Q: How do you rate your chances in the second-leg?
A: “Lets not hide the truth, it will be extremely difficult against a team of that quality. They didn’t played 2 finals in the last 3 years without that quality that we have seen tonight. We have to give our best there and hope that everything will go for us and hope that until the second-leg we have build up our confidence a bit more to go in to the game with the belief that will be needed.”

Q: Were you expecting a better response after the weekend?

A: “I think we had a good response today, that the players gave absolutely everything. We played against a side who has no doubt at all. They have a history over the last 6 months where everything is positive and that you could see as well, that every player is confident to play with full power, full confidence, it’s not completely our case at the moment. Things change sometimes quickly in three weeks, so lets hope we will manage to do it.”

Q: Was the overriding thing tonight, your teams lack of confidence?
A: “No, you have to give them credit for their class as well. I believe they are a team of class you know, in patches in the first half there was a difference of quality in their display compared to ours. In the second-half I believe we were close, and you could feel we were becoming dangerous but after that they changed, they became much more defensive and played on counter-attack and it was difficult for us to create chances.”

Q: How do you explain the poor defending?
A: “I feel we were a bit nervous, we wanted to do well. They are good going forward on both flanks with their full backs. I feel Lahm and Alaba were outstanding tonight, going forward, when they won the ball every time they created a lot of danger on the flanks and it was very difficult for the defenders. Sometimes we were a bit outnumbered because we had to push forward a lot. They are a quality side and you have to acknowledge that and give them credit for it.”

Q: How do you stop the recurring theme of nerves?
A: “Well, that’s a very difficult question to answer at the moment. As I told you, the results bring that, it’s a bit a viscous circle, you know.”

Q: Your anger yesterday cause a lot of debate about you and the club.
A: “My anger yesterday was not based on opinions, was based on information. For me you have two missions. One is to give your opinion, and secondly to inform people. When you give wrong information without checking with us, I am angry because I feel that’s disrespectful. When you give your opinion, I will always accept it. I work for here for 16 years, I never, never, disputed any opinion of you. When you give wrong information, for me you cheat the guy who buys the newspaper. That’s why I was angry. You know I work here for 16 years, that you could check with the club, you could check with me, before you give any information out. Because if I read any information in your newspaper, I expect it to be true. That was the wrong information and that’s why I was angry, and I think I’m entitled to do that. If you say, you can say anything about your opinion about the football game, I accept it, I never said you can’t say I’m a bad manager, but when you give a wrong information I don’t accept it.”

Q: Do you think you need to by some new defenders?
A: “Is that an information? Or an opinion? I just, think, that our defenders are quality, and the transfer market is closed. That’s an information.”

Q: You did say ‘we have to make a good start’?
A: “Yeah, but at that level, I think as well Bayern is a quality side that can beat anybody in Europe. Then on top of that we lack a bit confidence. Like at the moment, we make them even better.”

Q: Is getting back into the Champions League, more important than staying in it?
A: “Look, we will have two battles. Maybe the easier battle will be to back in the Champions League, but we have to give absolutely everything to try and change everything in the second leg.”

Q: How did you encourage the players at half-time?
A: “It happened to us before to be 2-0, that’s one of the positive things that happened before. To be 2-0 down then that we changed and reversed things you know. So of course, we could have examples of moments where were 2-0 then came back to 2-2.”

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