Press conference

‘Auba and Laca? Their commitment was amazing’

Auba and Laca

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have now scored our last eight Europa League goals between them, so it’s no wonder that their form dominated the questions in Unai Emery’s post-match press conference after we reached the final of the competition.

Read on for how Emery answered those questions:

on the two strikers...
Yes, really they are very good strikers but I am proud of them in how they worked defensively. We needed that today, the big players can be good strikers but when their commitment is like today, working defensively to help us, it’s amazing. After their goal, our attacking moments were coming because our positioning and other players can create chances for them to score. But I think it’s the work of every player and they did it perfectly.

on how proud he is and what he said to Aubameyang...
Every player congratulated him and before the match I think we spoke in the hotel, everybody, about our moments, about our experiences, about being together and how we can take the best performance collectively and individually. They made that and after the match congratulations because every player gave us all they can do in 90 minutes and after, individually, we can also speak about some players. Aubameyang for the goals, Lacazette for another goal but I think we worked very well and this work is for being proud of them and also remembering our supporters at home. We played last week and they were full in the stadium with us. Today they are coming here to support us and I think we can be proud of each single player and each single supporters.