Wenger – We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again

Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after the 4-1 victory against Reading over the weekend.

The Arsenal boss has just one regret, that not enough goals were scored. But surely not keeping a clean sheet against a very poor Reading side is just as much regretful?

“We enjoyed the game, the way we played, our technical side, our creative side, our spirit and how disciplined and focused we were. The regret you have is there were more goals in this game than the number of goals we scored. But overall it’s a good basis to finish the season well, lets just keep that spirit, that attitude, and play the football we want to play.”

Monreal was subbed in the second-half after colliding with the post. Wenger gave the latest on his and others injury news.

“It’s not bad, [Monreal will be out for] 2-3 days. He hit the post yes, [and has] bruising, on the hip.

“Jack will not return next week at West Brom, maybe the week after. Theo has a chance to be fit again next week.”

Gervinho scored one goal along with two assists. Wenger insists he’s always had the quality.

“Gervinho’s performance was very strong, and he was always dangerous, looked always like he could score, gave assists, scored. I believe overall sometimes Gervinho has lost confidence because he played in a very negative atmosphere during a period, and the strikers need confidence. His game even more. He’s always taking the ball and going forward and provoking. When you lose confidence it is a very dangerous game. At the AFCON, for me, he was the best striker there.”

A top-four finish is definitely on the cards, but does Wenger think we can get third?

“Look at the table and we are still behind Chelsea and Tottenham. So we are not in a calculating mode, we just can win our next game and continue to do what we are at the moment. We are on a run, so lets take care of the quality of our game and of that run. After we’ll see where we stand. It will be less predictable than it was predicted. We will give our best to do it.

“We have the experience, we have done it before and we want to do it again. I am sure we will, but it demands a lot of dedication and nerves until the end.”

Wenger on Giroud’s penalty incident.

“I thought it was a penalty, but the referee said it was not a penalty. I have learned from my long experience that the referee is always right.”

Will the number of chances Arsenal have missed today, and in other games be crucial if it goes right to the wire ie goal difference.

“Let’s make sure it doesn’t go to goal difference, and if it does that it’s in our favour. At the moment I believe we have 25, Chelsea 26 and Tottenham 15. So that means there’s a long way to go. At the moment we are at the same level as Chelsea, and it’s down to us. If we win our games we will have a better goal difference and that’s all we can do.”

Wenger’s thoughts on Diaby’s injury which will keep him out for at least another 8-9 months.

“It was the shock of the week for us, because I thought originally it was just a twist of the knee, and when they told me that it was a rupture of his cruciate, and when you know what this guy has gone through and how many times has he worked day and night to come back in the rehab, it’s just demoralising. I hope he will find the strength and resources to fight for a comeback, because he was quite down. When you look at the number of problems he’s had, the surgeries. He is 26 years old, and had 4/5 surgeries, big ones, and that demands a lot of mental strength to come back and I hope he will not give up and continue.”

Wenger – Not efficient where it matters

ARSENE Wenger speaks to the media after the 2-1 away defeat to Tottenham.

Two goals were conceded in quick succession during the first-half, as has happened in most big games this season, and all of them so far this year.

Despite dominating the possession and grabbing a goal back, Wenger criticised the team’s efficiency throughout, criticised Tottenham’s style, talks takeover, and insists he’ll still fight.

Q: A sense of frustration, or more than that with how the game went and your position now?

“Well it’s frustrating because we put so much effort in and we lost a game when we were on top of the game. If you watch the game again you will see at the moment we were 2-0 down, we should have been 2-0 up.

“I think they had a very difficult start, we were on top of the game and the 2-0 of course gave them confidence to defend well and that’s what they did for the rest of the game.

“It’s very frustrating because we put a lot of effort in and had a great attitude but we come out with no points. As well, because we were not efficient in the zones where it matters, at the front and at the back. Without being at any moment dominated, the only times they were dangerous was on counter-attack, Tottenham, today.

“If you are dominated and they create chance after chance you can accept it, but today it was a strange game to lose.”

Q: Did you feel let down by your defence today?

“I will have to see it again, we certainly lacked cautiousness on both goals because there was no pressure on the ball and we didn’t cover.”

Q: How much of a challenge will it be to finish in the top-four now?

“It will be a massive challenge. Massive. I said before the game that we couldn’t drop these points today, and I maintain that after the game. Especially the way the game went, it’s difficult to understand how we can lose games like that.”

Q: Well you lose games like that when you make those kinds of mistakes, you had warnings earlier on but you didn’t learn, you’d hope international defenders would learn wouldn’t you?

“Yes, ideally you don’t concede goals at all. It is frustrating because we had the best defensive record in the league away from home until today, and when you go into a big game like that, once you’re 2-0 down you make it difficult for yourself because you have to come out and open yourself up against a team who is good at counter-attacking. But after in the final 20 minutes, was Tottenham go, then foul and stop us from going and they stay down a lot. We couldn’t get the final flow into the game, because it was Tottenham go always.

Q: You keep losing 2 goals in the first half in quick succession, why does it keep happening?

“Yeah, it happened to us many times this season, but only big games. It’s difficult, there’s no common thing in all the games every time it’s a different problem. But of course, after you make it difficult yourself. I cannot fault the attitude or the effort that the team produced or the spirit that the team has shown. But you give yourself a mountain to climb every time in a game of that magnitude.”

Q: Do you know anything about the Middle-East consortium takeover bid, and are Arsenal in a position that there in, vulnerable to people interested in buying the club?

“To the first question, I don’t know anything about it. I heard that like you, certainly. Secondly, you’re only vulnerable if you want to sell and you need money. That doesn’t concern me at all, that’s down to the owners and are they interested to sell or not, I don’t know at all. But about this story, I don’t know anything about it.”

Q: Do you still think it’s possible to get into the top-four?

“I still think it’s possible and we will fight for it, that is for sure.”

Wenger Pre-Tottenham Press Conference

Wenger gave his usual pre-match press conference, with Arsenal playing against North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday. It was a longer conference than normal, and Wenger discussed the game, Bale, the top-four race, money availability and more.

Q: Team news, Sagna definitely out? And Abou Diaby, anymore news on him?
A: “Yes [Sagna is out]. He [Diaby] will have tests today and I will decide today whether he will be in the squad or not tomorrow. It is 50/50.”

Q: Is it more about what Arsenal can do than what Spurs can do?
A: “Exactly, it is an interesting game because there is something at stake, but we are confident. We are on a good run in the Premiership, if you look at our record it is very good in recent games. Just focus on our strengths, that’s it.”

Q: One of your strengths has been your defensive record away from home. It’s the best in the league.
A: “Yes, you would forget about that when you listen to people. So it’s good to remind.”

Q: Is it a game that you can’t apply logic to, where form goes out the window?
A: “It’s a derby, and a very intense game as usual. So, I think it’s always very tight, always a big fight, but if you look at our record it’s very good in the last 15/16 years, so of course we want to continue to maintain that record.”

Q: Your thoughts on the development of goal-line technology in the Premier League next season?
A: “I am very happy if it happens. So it will be very interesting and will it stop there or not that’s the only question mark you have, but I’m very happy if it comes in, yes.”

Q: The North London Derby last year was a massive turn around, is it as important this time?
A: “Yes of course, it’s a very important game because it’s in the final part of the Championship and the outcome will give a big boast to the team who wins it of course.”

Q: Will the winner end up the team who’s top out of the 2?
A: “No, not necessarily because there are still ten games to go and in ten games a lot can happen you know.”

Q: Do you feel you can overhaul Tottenham, it’s been 17 years since they last finished above you?
A: “Well that record should insight you to any optimism.”

Q: Sagna’s done well against Bale in the past, what’s your answer this time?
A: “Always the same, focus on our strengths and forget about our opponent.”

Q: But Gareth Bale is obviously someone you’ll need to plan for?
A: “We don’t plan for anybody.”

Q: In the Premier League, it’s won 4 drawn 1 in the last 5. Is that something that you’ve kept a focus on?
A: “Well look in the last 12 games, we won 9, drew 1 and lost 2. So we made 28 points out of 36, so that’s our record in the Premier League, it’s quite good. So what we want to do in the last 10 games, I said that after the Chelsea game, we cannot drop points. We go just in every game like it is a must win game, and we will have exactly the same approach.”

Q: Do you think Spurs will become the dominant team in North London now?
A: “I answer this question for 15 years now. It’s all only down to the result on the football pitch, and on the quality of our display that will decide that. Overall, Spurs always had good teams since I’m here. They had Ginola before, they had always great players, Anderton, they had always great players, always. But we just focus on us, and try to win the game, that’s all you can do.”

Q: You’ve always had support here, apart from a few who don’t agree with decisions, purchases or sales, but would you ever consider criticising the Arsenal fans?
A: “I never did it. So I know where you want to take me, but I have a sense of solidarity for every single manager because I am in the same job, because I know what they can go through, and as well because we are all human beings, and people forget that.

Q: Would the term interim be an obstacle for you in accepting a job?
A: “I don’t want to go further on that.”

Q: What’s the atmosphere been like this win since beating Villa?
A: “We were very down after the Bayern game, but we responded well and I believe that the strength of the team is to shorten the crisis. Where 1 team loses 2 games, some lose 6. That’s why for us, it was a vital game against Aston Villa who had recently a good record away from home, so to manage to win the game, people said we won petty, maybe, but we won. So the atmosphere of course, it was more a relief. There’s no euphoria, but it’s relief and we want to build on from that.”

Q: Do you agree with Diaby that beating Tottenham will lift you for the Champions League obstacle to come?
A: “Of course, every defeat makes you quickly weak, you have seen recently Barecelona, they just lost 2 games, look the effect, the damage it has on their confidence in the second half against Real Madrid. It’s quite amazing how fragile a team can become of such a big strength, form just 2 knocks. Every team needs confidence to express it’s potential.”

Q: Do you think there’s more pressure on managers now than there was 16 years ago?
A: “Yes. There is more pressure, yes, because we have more media interest, every decision today is analysed. Not always in the right way, but that is the price we have to pay because we have to get more money from the media as well. We live in a very comfortable world on the financial side, but the price we have to pay is what we have to give back is that everything is analysed and we are under more pressure.”

Q: Is it less enjoyable than it was 16 years ago?
A: “Football is exactly the same enjoyment. Managing, watching a football game, playing a game on the pitch, preparing for a game, is exactly the same. The environment of the game as got a bit more difficult. You not in football for that, you in football because you love what’s happening on the pitch.”

Q: Do you feel Bale is the player you’d least like to face in the Premier League?
A: “No.”

Q: Who would be?
A: “There’s nobody special that you dislike to face. They all players who have different qualities, there is no player that you are absolutely scared to meet. What is always important when you are a manager, you more focused always, you worry, and that has not changed over the last 15 years. You always make sure your team is at it’s best and prepares well and focuses on playing the football we love. What is important before a game like that, is just to focus on our game and forget all the rest.”

Q: Allardyce says he is worth £50m now, would you be prepared to pay that?
A: “I don’t like to speak about £50m. In England it’s always about numbers, I think when you speak about a football player I don’t see a number on his shirt. I see his qualities, his deficiencies and what he can improve and how good he can become. I love football, all the rest, the numbers, is of little interest to me.”

Q: You said it’s too soon to compare him to Messi and Ronaldo. Do you think to fulfill his potential he needs to move abroad?
A: “No. I think everybody wants to come to England, I don’t know why the English players should go abroad. We have the best league in the world here, the most passionate and the most interesting as well. I don’t see why any player should go abroad. All the players who have gone abroad, when I speak to them, they want to come back.”

Q: Any regret that Arsenal didn’t sign Bale all those years ago?
A: “No, no, that’s not our worry today. He is not a subject of our worry for the next two or three days. We just want to prepare, we have great players in our team and it would be a complete mistake to focus on any player from Tottenham.

Q: Are you surprised that Tottenham have been able to close the gap over the last few years?
A: “No, since I’m here they are a club who have had huge potential.”

Q: Do we make too much about this £100m figure you have ready to spend on the right player?
A: “I don’t know, I don’t see what that will help us to win the game on Sunday. There is no transfer market at the moment, so I am not sitting here today thinking I have so much to spend. What is important is that the players we have play well on Sunday.”

Q: But some people say, Arsenal have all this money in the bank, but aren’t able to compete on the pitch. Would it be better to make £1 profit and win a trophy?
A: “If there’s only 1 trophy, it is the Championship. The real value of the team is where you finish in the Championship, so lets see where we finish, and lets see how we can strengthen the team. If it was just sorted out by the numbers, you would always have Chelsea and Manchester City champions every year. Chelsea finished 6th last year, people forget, and that’s the real value of the team for me is the Championship. We’ll see where we finish and after that strengthen the team to come back and fight for the Championship. I think we have the basis. If some of you are really interested in deep analyses of the team potential, I can sit down with you and show you why we have the potential to do it, and then we can have another discussion in a Press Conference.”

Q: Is there a danger that a North London Derby can have the nerves you spoke of, reemerge?
A: “I believe you are right, it will be important to be calm and focused and to get the two together right. The nerves play always a part in these kinds of games, and for us it will very important to focus on what we want to do.”

Q: Do you do this as a team or is it down to each individual?
A: “Each one can help the next one, each player can reassure, can help, so it’s both. The general team feeling will come from every individual being calm.”

Q: How do you solve the slow-starts in big games?
A: “We will work on it, but forget that we are at the start of the game and imagine that we are in the second-half.”

Q: Are those who haven’t played at White Hart Lane, aware of how big a game it is, Lukas, Santi..?
A: “They are aware of what we want to achieve and where we want to finish in the league, they don’t need to be explained. Players with experience are very ambitious players, these players want to play in the Champions League so they know what is at stake and they will be completely focused on what we want to achieve.”

Q: I mean with the rivalry between yourselves and Tottenham. Is that something you make them aware of?
A: “Not at all, it’s just the next game that we want to win.”

Q: Does what happened last season, with the turn around, give you a psychological advantage regardless of Sunday, on the run-in?
A: “The game on Sunday will have a psychological importance for the rest of the season of course. I believe that the way we play on Sunday will have a big impact on the rest of the season.”

Q: But what happened last season, will surely give you confidence?
A: “Anything can happen again, lets not forget that we are not only 2 teams, Chelsea is involved as well, they are not too far. Manchester City is I think maybe a little bit too far, but you never know.”

Q: Would it be wrong to discount him as a threat on Sunday?
A: “We will take everybody seriously, Adebayor is a good player and we will of course take him very seriously.”

Q: What do you think’s gone wrong for him?
A: “I don’t know, but it’s always a difficult season when players go the AFCON, before they have to go and after when they come back it’s always a difficult time.”

Wenger’s Full Post-Villa Press Conference

Q: Was the result more important than the performance today?
A: “Yes, the result was vital today, because we had absolutely to win this game, we couldn’t afford to drop points for two reasons. The first, we are in a catch situation in the Premier League and as well we come out of two massive disappointments. It was interesting as well to see, because we were focused, united, a bit nervous. You could see we played a little bit with the handbrake in some situations. The second goal didn’t come. But as well we were strong because when Villa came back to 1-1 we found the resources and responded again and won the game. Overall, I feel the regret we have is we could have scored many, many goals today. We created unbelievable number of chances but didn’t score. But I’m proud of the attitude of the team, we went through some difficult days, and we got through in a united way.”

Q: How do you assess the race for the top-four with a difficult game at Tottenham next week?
A: “We cannot drop points. I said that many times, after the Chelsea game, and that is what is in our mind. No matter where we go and who we play.”

Q: Have these been the most difficult days in your 16 years here?
A: “I don’t know, but it was the difficult, it’s not the critics, it’s the fact we lost two games. I’m not here to lose games, I want to win football games and what hurts me the most is that we lost against Blackburn here at home, and against Bayern at home and when people come to the Emirates they have not to go away with wins. After that, all the rest honestly concerns me less.”

Q: You lost those games, but they’ve not been good games, it’s been a dreadful few days?
A: “Yes of course, but you do your job. You do your job and you focus on the next game, and try to win the next game and that’s what I did. I am not 30 years, in this job at the top level, and be destroyed by people saying I don’t know what I am doing. Because I would have stopped this job a long time. What is important is we have responsibilities and we have to stand up for it and go in the next game and fight and get the team ready to fight, that’s all.”

Q: You have to put the pressure on Tottenham, and hope they slip up?
A: “We are in a catch up situation, we depend a little bit on the results of the other teams. But last year on our consistency. The key for us is to be consistent, and that’s why today a draw would have been a very, very bad result for us today.”

Q: Some great performances today, notably from Santi Cazorla and Szczesny.
A: “Santi Cazorla played very well and delivered in a game that was very important. He is a great player, what you have noticed already since the start of the season, straight away he has shown he is a great football player and I’m happy and grateful he delivered these two important goals today.”

Q: You played Wilshere further forward today, is that a role you see him in the future?
A: “It gives us a bit more security defensively. I believe he can play a bit deeper but he has a little burst in the final third and still has the quality I think to play in there, but you want him to score goals there, you want him to give assists, I think he can do it.”

Q: Does Diaby have an injury?
A: “Yes. He told me he got kicked on the hip, after he felt his calf. I don’t know how bad it is.”

Q: Has Cazorla exceeded your expectations with 11 league goals this season, joint top with Walcott more than a number 9, or your number 9, Podolski?
A: “I didn’t expect him to score so many goals, no, because there’s still I think 11 more games to go, so he could get a few more. For me he is the complete football player, because he has as well spirit. He did fight until last-minute, he was a bit tired in the end but he did continue to fight. He is a good example to follow, because everyday he is happy to come and play, practice, and when he is on a football pitch he gives you absolutely everything.”

Wenger’s Pre-Villa Press Conference

Q: Can we clarify the team news?
A: “Sagna, is out with a knee problem. Everybody else [from the Bayern game] should be alright.”

Q: Put the Villa game into context, it’s the calm before the storm almost?
A: “There is no calm. It is a game in the Premiership, and in the Premiership we are on quite a good run so we have not to forget that and take advantage of the fact that we play at home. We know we are in a position where we cannot afford to drop points. We will go into the game with of course a huge desire to get out the disappointments we recently had and especially to focus on getting points in the Premiership.”

Q: Can the crowd a play a positive role?
A: “The crowd play a big part. Especially after Tuesday night. It is important that we are all focused on this game, but let us have the needed attitude to get the crowd behind us. You know we go in the final part of the season, and now it’s for us important not to drop points any more, then the crowd will be behind us.”

Q: Aston Villa have shown some form in recent weeks, so you know you’re up for a battle.
A: “Always against Villa, it’s always a battle. They have recently made some good results. They came out with a draw at Everton, 3-3. We know what we want, they know as well certainly because they fight to avoid relegation. Very difficult Premier League games where today there is no easy game for anybody, and we have to prepare ourselves for a battle.”

Q: What’s the atmosphere been like inside the club?
A: “On the inside, disappointment, because we lost a big home game. Every time when you lose a big game, of course there’s a massive disappointment.”

Q: Have the troubles of the club been over-exaggerated in some quarters?
A: “What is exaggerated or not exaggerated today is difficult to say. We live in a world of emotion, of excess. It’s down to people who have responsibilities to put that into perspective, and keep solid and keep guiding the club into the right way.”

Q: Has the scrutiny of your position been unfair, baring in mind what you’ve achieved in this country?
A: “It’s not down to me to judge that, my responsibility is to keep the guidelines and guide the team and the club into what I think is right.”

Q: Do you feel it’s been unfair though?
A: “I will not come out with my feelings, because that’s not my job as well. I feel what is important for me is to focus on the next game and try to give my best like all the players.”

Q: Were there positive signs for you in the board meeting yesterday? Was the tone different with Kroenke there?
A: “No. No, in the board meeting speaks about many things. It’s about commercial, about ticket prices, about anything, about the long-term plans, and I make my report as well on the technical side. It was the usual thing. Of course we have no euphoria, because we have gone through a difficult disappointment on Tuesday night, but apart from that they are responsible people who know what it is to fight.”

Q: What help do you need to get the team back to the top of English and European football?
A: “What we need is just to be united and strong, and not to be too much always destabilised by people who have strong opinions after one game. I believe that what is important, is the club goes always with the guidelines we have inside the club and keep them and do not change direction every time that we lose a big game, because that would lead to a disaster. Bad period in the club is as well a good opportunity to show how united and strong you are, and we have a good history of that Arsenal.”

Q: How would you sum this week in your 16 years here?
A: “I think how I would sum it up is focus on the next game, and forget what happened behind. We are here to win football games and when we don’t of course it’s a huge disappointment. We lost 2 home games, I don’t know how many times it happened in my 16 years, but we have to get over that and focus on the next game. It’s not feeling sorry for ourself that we change the situation. We come back from a win at Sunderland, it’s important we get another three points tomorrow.”

Q: How are you feeling yourself? Have you calmed down since your Press Conference last week?
A: “I have calmed down, yes. I explained why I was angry. But I am calmed down, you have calmed me well down.”

Q: At any point have you thought about throwing in the towel?
A: “Never.”

Q: No one second?
A: “Not one second.”

Q: What do you make of Benteke?
A: “Well he’s their striker who’s strong in the air, strong force, great physique. I think he has been a success there.”

Q: What sort of obstacles do you think Villa will throw at you?
A: “It’s a very important game for both teams.”

Q: Is it more important for you given your week, or for them given their position?
A: “I don’t know. For us I can tell you it’s a very important game. But for them, they consider their interest. We consider our interests. For us, of course, it’s something that is vital, because we play at home and we want to come back in a strong position in the Championship. I feel it’s very open apart from Man United for all the other positions, it’s very open. It’s just down to us now to continue to be consistent like we have been. We had recently a good form in the Premier League, and we have to focus on continuing to get the points, because we cannot drop points.

Q: Have you had to put your arm round any of the players this week?
A: “These players care. They of course were very down after the game.”

Q: So what did you say to them?
A: “To show our strengths, and look at what is in front of us.!

Q: When you get up in the morning, what motivates you to keep going after all this time?
A: “The love for the game, and the love to win.”

Q: Is that always enough? It’s been 15/16 years, what keeps that spark?
A: “I don’t think that spark has nothing to do with the length of your life. It’s just that’s how you are. You motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner. If I go out now and play with you one against one, you will see that I will beat you. At least if I don’t manage to beat you, I will want to beat you. So that will not change as long as I can move. ”

Q: Can we film that?
A: “We can organise that if you want.”

Q: The knee’s not what it was..
A: “Don’t make excuses before the game.”

Q: What was I going to say?… Did you see this period coming with the move to the Emirates? That you’d have to pay a heavy price on the pitch for everything off it?
A: “I prepared myself for some suffering when we moved into the Emirates, yes, because we were on restricted resources for a while, and the main target was of course to be in the Champions League because we had to pay back our stadium. But did I expect to go out against Blackburn and to lose against Bayern? Honestly, no.”

Q: With a player you try to tie them down with at least a year left, what about yourself with your contract running down?
A: “No, you see I have a contract until the end of 2014. At the moment we are on short-term plan. For two reasons, one is because I am here for a long time, and as well I have to consider what I want to do, but that will be decided in 2014, not before.”

Q: You were angry on Monday, is it sometimes the right response? Is it better to take the situation by the scruff of the neck?
A: “You can do both.”

Q: With everything that’s happened has it shaken your faith in your ability and the ability of your team?
A: “No.”

Q: Why?
A: “Because, every incident will not change completely your mind on people you trust. There is no possibility in any club to change direction every time you lose a football game. Or you don’t go anywhere. I think football is made of short-term and long-term, but long-term plan is vital. I know today in society it’s very difficult to push that through, but people who are responsible have to do that.”

Q: You talk about the long-term plan. How important will it be to qualify for the Champions League again? You can cope without doing it financial though can’t you? And still actively move the club forward?
A: “Yes of course, but we want to be in the Champions League. Financially, we can live with it. But on the sporting front, no. And the sporting front is the priority.”

Q: What’s your reading of Bacary Sagna’s situation and future?
A: “I haven’t had any contact with anybody. He’s not free in the summer, so he can only leave if we let him go.”

 

Q: His contract expires the following year?
A: “Yes, but the following year is not in the summer?”

Q: He’s been a great servant to the club, it would be a great shame if he left?
A: “Yes, but our desire is to keep Bacary Sagna, and he knows that.”

Q: Will there come a point where you have to sit down with him, maybe in the summer?
A: “Yes, of course. We will sit down with him. We did already sit down with his agent. And we didn’t get that vibe out.”

Q: Is there an offer on the table?
A: “Yes.”

Q: Your team’s been criticised for a lack of leadership, who do you feel your leaders are?
A: “No, I feel that we lack a little bit belief and confidence. You could see that when you look at the numbers. We are 12th in the league in the first half, and top of the league in the second half. That shows we have not a problem of quality, we have a problem of belief, and confidence, and that is noticed especially in the first half, again against Bayern Munich, we were 2-0 down and that happened a few times this year. After, it’s difficult, but I believe we have the basic quality. We lack a little bit what you call that kind of charisma that Bayern had, because they had basically not lost a game the whole season. People forget as well we played against a team who played two Champions League finals in the last three years. We didn’t play against a poor side, and overall it was a top quality game, the intensity of the game was unbelievable.”