on reaching the final...
"This team has produced, there has not been one boring game from the first competition at West Brom until tonight. The game was entertaining, they played with style, they played with mental strengths and resilience, they played with heart, I'm very proud of them for the whole competition and they deserve to be involved in the final. How? Of course I will want to win the final but as well I want them to be there and to play - some of them will play."

on his young team...
"It's fantastic to see, but what's fantastic as well is to see that sometimes that at such a young age, young people can cope with the pressure. Young players today are criticised but they've shown great heart and resilience. They say always "life is too easy for young boys" but it's just a question of motivation - how much you want it, and they have shown they are very motivated. That's good news for the Club."

on facing Chelsea in Cardiff...
"We played at Liverpool, we played at Everton, we played at West Brom, we played at Tottenham - why should we suddenly get a complex if the colour of the shirt is different in front of us? "

on using his experienced subs...
"Yes, we needed of course, first of all because it was Walcott's third game in one week and after an hour I could see, going forward he was still OK, but going back you could see he had to dig deep. Diaby started to have cramps and unexpectedly I had to change Traore, he had cramps as well. They play the game in their heads a little bit before it starts, you know? Diaby I felt had a good game as well because he has been out for a year nearly, nine months, and it's only his second game."

on the progress of his youngsters...
"Yes, of course, I am very proud of what they have achieved. It's a sensational feeling to work with them and go through with them. When you look at them when it's one-one and extra time you know they will not give up, they will continue to go after. You can win or lose you know, but they have a heart. It's fantastic to see. It's the work of five years."

on who will play in the final...
"I don't like to promise what I cannot deliver because we play many games until the final, but we will stick to the players who were involved in the Carling Cup only. Those who have not played until now will not play the final."

on the threat of Spurs...
"At one-one, when they bombarded, when they played long ball, you know? We were a little bit wobbling when they came back to one-one, and it needed extra time, we needed a little breather. After extra time it was all us. When they came back to one-one they were one, two, three minutes where they looked more likely to score than us."

 

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