On the result and performance...
"We had a very young side out against a Lazio team who defended very well. The game could have ended up 2-2 or 3-1 easily. It is good for us to see the young players realise their belief from game to game. We had so many players rested today but we still managed to win."

On the use of friendlies...
"We believe we have a chance to fight for the Premiership. It is important that we kept the belief high and the spirit high. Good results in the friendlies help. The level of the Premiership is very high these days. Everybody aspires to win it. When you listen to the specialists in England they say there are now six or seven team who they think they can win it."

On this morning's Champions League draw...
"It is a big draw. It is very important for Ajax who are waiting too. Let's hope we don't meet each other."

On the lack of preparation for the qualifiers...
"Every year it is short timing. The maximum you can see the clubs is twice."

 

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