on the game
"We lost and that is difficult to swallow. But there are a lot of positives in the game for us. We are not completely fit yet to finish what we create and we lack a little bit of experience in the back. There is a lot of disappointment in the dressing room because we want to do well and have a great spirit but I hope this will not affect our belief and our confidence. We will quickly start to win these sorts of games but we are not quite ready physically at the moment." 

on the fitness of his side
"After the World Cup we knew we could suffer at the start of the season, especially with the Champions League qualifier. We have had a disappointing start also there was a lot of hope in the way that we play and we approach the game. We have to push that through and be strong enough mentally to continue with the way that we play and be clinical."

on not creating chances despite so much possession
"Yes we lack that a little bit at the moment. When you are as not as sharp as you should be that is where you see it the most. You could say that we overelaborated a little bit. Sometimes we could take our chances earlier and quicker. That was the case against Villa and Zagreb. It happens when you do not score early. But we know we have the quality to score goals."

on losing ground on the leaders
"It is very early. If you want to nominate a champion after three games then it is up to you but we have only played two. We will come back into the race don't worry."

on the Ashley Cole situation
"This situation does not affect our preparation and our spirit. At a big club you have to be strong enough to cope with that. If it happens then it happens, it does not excuse our result today. It is not annoying. When a player wants to go, he wants to go. When we decide to let him go then we decide to let him go. We will have to live with that decision."

on City targetting Hoyte
"They went for long balls to Corradi and Sinclair. They targeted him but overall Justin had a good game. He had two misjudgements on long balls but he had quite a good game."

on the penalty decision
"I feel it was a penalty, I cannot argue with that. Just before that it was a foul on Fabregas I don't think you can argue with that. Also there was a penalty on Robin van Persie. I have seen it on the tape and it is difficult to argue with that too."

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26 Aug 2006