on being applauded by the Everton fans...
"Well it was a good team performance. I feel overall there is still room for improvement, not on the scoreline but in what we did today. But overall I am very happy with the team attitude basically, and we look like we have matured. And it’s a good basis to continue to improve and to work on what we want to do."

on responding to the doubters...
"W
e have gone from being ruled out by everybody, to now becoming a super favourite, I think these two extremes are good. It was an interesting first game and we want to show that we have the squad. If you see that Nasri, Rosicky, Diaby, Walcott today… and Senderos, for example, stayed at home. You see that, and considering who was on the bench, we do have quite a big squad."

on the lack of threat from Everton...
"
I felt that we took every chance we created in the first half and Everton were maybe a bit disturbed by the international week - you will be flat physically. Usually the energy level here is very, very high. Did that not happen because we had domination in the game or because they were flat physically? That is difficult for me to answer."

on Thomas Vermaelen's debut...
"I
am pleased with his contribution because he has shown that in the air and on the ground he has all you need to play in the Premiership."

on Cesc Fabregas' contribution to...
"
You cannot single one player out today for an average performance. What is very interesting for me is that the cohesion of the team, the fact that we played for each other, and if we can keep that in the team we have a chance."

on getting a good result ahead of the Celtic tie...
"I
t is important. It lifted our confidence and that is good. But we are on alert as well. We know that every game is different. That is the way we can show we have matured. People are surprised, but you know that we were last year the team that scored more goals than anyone away from home. And we had a long unbeaten run in the Premiership away from home. Of course it is a surprise to win with such a score. But we know we can do it away from home."

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