On his side's overall performance...

"Yes some good performances, we had 14 players at home but it was still a good game. Barnet gave us a good run out and for the first game it was quite good.

"We played basically with the Youth Cup-winning team in the second half and in the first half it was interesting because we were challenged physically. Barnet were well organized, committed and to improve our fitness it was just ideal."

On Thomas Vermaelen's debut...

"He had a good start and I think he had a good welcome to English football because he got some good challenges here. I think it was a good start for him overall. He is strong, solid, calm and when he became more confident in the second half you could see that he passes the ball well. He should be a good addition to the squad yes."

On Tomas Rosicky's long-awaited return to action...

"Tomas hasn’t played since January 2008 so that tells you a lot. We wanted him to be our captain today because he has been frustrated for 17-18 months of football. It’s fantastic to see him back with us."

On the prospect of further signings this summer...

"At the moment we are not very close to bringing anybody else – we are not on the verge of signing anyone."

On the next stage of pre-season in Austria...

"From Monday on everybody is in the same boat because the 14 players who weren’t here today will start to be competitive from Tuesday onwards."

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