on another 1-1 draw...
"Well, it's a bit of a repetition of Wednesday night. There was maybe a first half an hour where we had problems to start the game. After 30 minutes we got into the game and three minutes to go they got a goal, and then of course you know they defend for every ball in their half. You need to come back and score and second goal - which was possible. We had to throw everything forward and we opened ourselves up a little bit on counter-attacks, but that was the game, basically."

on his title hopes...
"I don't know. It depends on the results of the other teams. In my brain it's not over because mathematically it's not over. But it is frustrating today because I feel we had again another blatant penalty for us, that was not given, on Fabregas. You can watch it well on television. It's 100 per cent conclusive, but even more so we had a chance in the last second of the game to kill the game off. I said five games and a draw at least, basically you wanted six wins. "

on choosing to rest players..
"When you don't win the game, you're looking for what could have been different. We had situations where Adebayor feels at the moment he has an ankle problem and he's a bit tired. I felt, for example, that Hleb finished tired, Clichy finished the game against Liverpool Wednesday night very tired. It is difficult that you have to make decisions with the schedule we have. If you only play the same eleven it doesn't work as well."

on Tuesday's re-match...
"Of course it's a massive game, who would say that the Quarter-Final of the Champions League is not? A very important one for us, for them. Our season, I don't know, I don't like the big sentences. We will play our game on Tuesday night and try to win the game, and give absolutely everything, and after, anyway, our season has not been disastrous, you know? People expected us to be between 10th and 12th [in the league] at the beginning of the season so we are beyond expectation."

on his view from pitchside...
"I kicked every ball, I felt there was room there to win the game, you know? And at some stage, - we didn't reposition quickly enough - we didn't attack the balls on the crosses - we had two or three crosses from the left coming from Clichy where we didn't attack the ball, and waited for the ball so... of course if I was in there I would not score but I would try from outside [the box]!"

 

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