I bet the Napoli players would love to be worrying about which side they’ll draw out of the ‘difficult pot’. Higuain said that being knocked out by us was an injustice. Err, no it wasn’t, it was simple mathematics and his side couldn’t score enough goals.
Staying with the Champions League, Per Mertesacker talks a lot of sense. After the lost he was open and honest about the way the players approached the game and now he’s spoken about the difficult task ahead but he’s possibly spot on!
If you want to achieve something in the Champions League, you have to take every opponent seriously and I think it is better for us when we have a good lot, when there is a draw that we can concentrate on.
When you look at the teams that finished top, if you pick one out, for me, I don’t mind. We want to go for it this season… we got a good result at Munich last season and after that we played a fantastic season.
You never know what can happen with a good draw and a serious opponent – you can get so much out of a defeat or a disappointment. I hope that we learn a lot from [the Napoli game] and we are aware of the next opponent.
Can’t argue with that. Not one of the clubs we can face can be taken lightly so there will be no complacency setting in next time. It matters not who we draw because to win this big trophy we have to beat the best and there’s no reason why we can’t.
They’ll certainly be no room for complacency tomorrow lunchtime either when we face Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium. The players need to put Wednesday behind them, wake up and start playing the kind of football which got us to the top of the league.
Actually, we need to play better than that.
We need to play much better to win at Man City. It’s two hard games that await us so it will be difficult because they are two of the best teams and we need some points.
We are on top of the table so we need to keep this [lead] and December is a very important month in the Premier League. We need to be ready and to fight to win these games.
Basically, we need to show all the characteristics that we didn’t show in Italy and hopefully, Arsene Wenger might add a bit of pace and width to our first eleven. We have the players available, start using them!
We all know these players have a lot more in the tank to give and we need to see that for just 90 more minutes before they can relax for nine days and recharge their batteries before taking on Chelsea at The Emirates…
That’s it for another day…..