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Post-Match Press Conference: Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan

“The important thing was to get through to the next round. Perhaps after the 4-0 in the first leg some one thought it would be easy but that’s not what happened. They played a good first half, we were a little, not really nervous it was more our control of the play rather than trying to score. It’s been a while since we played with three strikers, even if they all worked very hard up front. They played a good first half, when we had the ball instead of pushing forward we turned back. In the second half we found more courgage and their play fell a bit. Tonight was the game of the season. Real Madrid and Barcelona at the moment are the best teams in Europe but this team when we’re at full strength we can have our say as well. After four years of going out at the last sixteen of the competition, I think that this evening, making it to the quarter finals was important for the club, we’re back among the best 8 in Europe and next season we’ll have a better seeding as well. Aquilani gave the team good geometry and he’s only been back training for a couple of sessions. Van Bommel played a great game.”

“It’s extremely important that we got through to the next round. It was a two faced round this one. The first was an extraordinary game and then tonight, we almost gifted them the first half. There’ good games to be involved in against teams that are used to playing at this level. Maybe in the first half we tried to hold into to possession more than we should have. Then in the second half we were a different team and they were tired. We held onto the ball well and tried to score as well. As far as Thiago goes, I accept some of the responsibility as well I went to my right and he shot the other way. He knows me well and I could have done better. I had that thought at the end of the first leg and this shows that two legged games are never over until the whistle goes. We should have ended the first game, not 4-0 but five or six. My save? I just raised my arm and I was lucky Van persie tried to chip it.”
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“We didn’t play a good first half and we conceded three goals and risked even more. But in the second half we played well and now we’re through to the quarter finals so we can enjoy that. I know that in the first half, we should have done more. It as bad and we risked a lot but the team did well in the second half. At half time we said we had to stay calm and that’s what we did and we played a good second half. I missed sitter right in front of the goal.
In the quarter finals, they’re all big teams but the sure thing is that they’ll be up against a Milan side that’ll be even better and a first half like you saw tonight will never happen again. We missed as lot of chances but we’ve also knocked out a prestigious team.”

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  • DrRossoneriBonaventura this game: Amazing in finding spaces without the ball, & horrible when he gets it. - posted on 16/09/2018 21:53:51


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