On the performance...
"I felt we played against this team and dominated the game technically and scoring early made it comfortable for us and made it difficult for Sheffield United. They did fight very hard but after the second goal the belief went a little bit for them. At that moment maybe their heart went more on the Championship rather than the Carling Cup. Certainly you could see they were more worried thinking about the next Championship game.

"I think overall we put in a good performance and everybody played very well and you could see the difference that in our team the confidence was high and in them it was less at the moment."

On progressing further...
"We still were missing two or three players tonight but when everybody is here we have a good chance again because we have a little bit more experience. It is depending though on the injuries. Last year I sacrificed some players at the end of this competition and we paid for it in the Champions League and in the championship so it depends on the number of injuries I will have. When you get to the Semi-Finals you play in two legs then you will need a bit of experience and that is what I did last year and in the end it caught up with us.
 
"It's difficult to predict in football because you go from game to game and at the moment we are not too bad with injuries. We have played now every three days for a month nearly and then until the first of January every three days so maybe in one week you can get four or five injuries."

On Eduardo...
"When I sign a player I don't judge him at all on the first six months and I give him that time to adapt and don't put any pressure on them. I know what it takes because first it is the enthusiasm then it is the difficulty then a little bit the adaptation and then you feel a bit down. You have to settle and get the right level. You should start to look at Eduardo in January. He started very well like many people who come here. Then he had a bit of an injury problem with his ankle, but now he is starting to settle in and come back."

On Fabianski captaining the side ...
"I gave the captaincy to Fabianski because at the beginning of the season when I didn't give it to Gilberto, I didn't want to give it to him and take it away again. That is all. There is no problem. Gilberto was a real leader on the pitch tonight for me. There is basically no problem. I don't know why people see a problem with Gilberto. The only problem is that he doesn't get the amount of games he deserves but there a few other players in this case as you could see that tonight. He is still a key person for me. There is not much more to say, there is no problem so I cannot create one. Apart from the fact of the captaincy problem which I explained to you and he is aware of that.

"Apart from Gilberto, Fabianski is the most experienced player. He has played in the Polish national team and in the top division in Poland. It is not how many years you are at the club but what are your leadership qualities and for me Fabianski had an outstanding performance tonight."

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