On a frustrating afternoon…
“We missed our chances. I believe they tried to frustrate us and they managed in the end to do it. They never came out, especially in the second half. I feel we had early chances and late chances and as long as we were not scoring a goal we became a bit more nervous and tried to force the situation a bit too much.

"Overall it is also very difficult when teams come here with one colossus up front and 10 who defend like mad for every ball. We need to learn to cope with that and be efficient”

On the lack of a breakthrough…
“The team gives everything and wants to do well, I think the attitude is very, very good in the final third. At the moment we aren’t as efficient as I believe we can be for different reasons. Sometimes because our game is not vertical enough and sometimes we aren’t relaxed enough in our finishing. Our passing sometimes isn’t incisive enough. That’s why the strikers aren’t alerted quickly enough.”

On Andrey Arshavin’s debut…

“He has shown in glimpses that he has talent and that he will be a player. He has also shown that he is not ready physically yet. You could see that if he was on the ball more often he will affect the game. In the final third you feel that something can happen. He nearly scored two goals; one right-footed shot and one with his left well saved by the keeper.”

On Roma’s view of the game…

“I don’t know what Roma would think [about the performance]. They would be surprised that English football is like that. I believe that Jones and Francesco Totti are different players. Of course they will try to find Totti and give us a problem on the break.”

On finishing in the Champions League spots…

“I believe we are six points behind Aston Villa and there’s a long way to go. Villa have difficult fixtures and Chelsea as well. We can come back but we want to go as far as we can in the Champions League but it will be tight.”

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