On another test ...
"Yes we passed it well. I think the first half was amazing. We were tested today, we were 1-0 down and in the second half we were confronted with a very physical game yet we passed the test. I think the squad will come out with more belief."

On the first half being the best of the season ...
"Yes it looks like that. We have had some good ones but the first 45 minutes were absolutely amazing."

On recovering from a defeat...
"It was a test on that front aswell. When you have a set-back the way the team responds can have a big impact on the season. The way we played showed that it did not bother us. It did not kill the confidence in the side."

On playing without Cesc Fabregas...
"What is true in one game is not true in 10 games. We want Cesc with us, he is a big player for the team. He is a world-class player and we are better with him. But I doubt he will be back for Wednesday night."

On Mathieu Flamini...
"I am delighted with Mathieu's season as a whole and Diarra had a great game aswell. Mathieu had his own destiny in his hands [during the summer]. I told him if he stays he will have the same chance as everybody else."

On the trouble Villa caused...
"Carew was a handful. They played with four strikers and were very direct. We were tested but we handled the problem well."

On the difference between Villa and Sevilla...
"I decided to rest some players at Sevilla because we had three away games coming up - this one, Newcastle and Middlesbrough."

 

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