On scoring different types of goals...
"Yes, you [the press] accused us of over-playing, now we score headers and long distance goals - we listen to your advice!"

On the Young Guns' performance...
"I thought it was a very good game of very good pace. In the first half Newcastle defended very high and slowy we took over, and in the second half it was all us. Many times we should have scored a goal and didn't, but we were good and intelligent - and I like that. We didn't make a rushing mistake, going all forward and getting caught on the counter-attack."

On a consistent style of play...
"I must say the game was of the same level that we have played recently, with the players who did not play tonight. You see that the style of play - there is a continuity there and we have all kinds of good players in every position."

On new players in new positions...
"It's not a coincidence that I play Song at centre-back because he's got all the ingredients to play in there, Fabianski will be a great keeper and Diarra for his first game has done well. I think Bendtner tonight was top quality as well - he's nineteen years of age! His presence in the game was great. We have a small group but of very good quality, and very young."

On their readiness for the first team...
"All of them, for me all of them can play on a regular basis in the first team. You see a player like Armand Traore, he's eighteen! Just at left-back, the power, going forward, the crosses."

On Lassana Diarra...
"He's ready to play at that level without any problem. We got him, yes [from Chelsea], and I must say for much less than was announced in the papers. Just two-million."

On a great run of form...
"It's just the beginning of the season, we have to show that we are consistent through the whole season at that level. I feel what is the big strength at the moment in my squad is a big togetherness, good camaraderie, everybody is on the same wavelength. With a young team it's not easy to keep that."

 

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