on an incredible Carling Cup tie ...
"It was a great game. We dominated football-wise in the first half, playing our combination game. We were technically very good, very agile. But just before half-time Blackburn came back to 2-1, that gave them belief that they could come back in the second half. I felt that the game was more physical in the second half, we didn't get our game going so much and on a set piece they came back to 2-2. From then on it was more a mental test and we stood up to it."

on Denilson's sending-off...
"I think Denilson lost his nerves a little bit on the tackle, I will not say anything against the red card."

on the quality of his young players...
"They are all good Premier League players, you know? Their quality is not questionable. The only thing you could question is whether such a young side can last through the whole season. But quality-wise there is no problem."

on injuries...
"Nacer Barazite got a dislocated shoulder. The others have tired legs."

 

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