on the victory...
"We were out for the three points but I must say they worked tremendous hard. They made it extremely difficult for us and they scored a great goal. It was a little characteristic of their game tonight. There were determined and closed us down everywhere. We needed to be patience and resilient."

on the forcing the winner...
"In the second half our level dropped physically but their level dropped more. You felt in the final 20 minutes some fresh legs would make the difference. In the end the fatigue made a big impact on the game and our quality made the difference."

on Watford...
"They imposed their game more than at the Emirates. They managed many times in the game to force us into a physical challenge. They put the ball in the air and went for it. It was a different type of game. But I feel we can handle the physical type of the game and we have showed that tonight."

on the 14-point gap to leaders Man Utd...
"Of course it bothers me, I can't say that it does not. I know we look a bit crazy. But no matter how big the chance is, we want to give the maximum to come back as close as possible. Our first task is to be consistent and get the points after that we'll see."

 

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