Eidevall delighted with defensive display

After seeing us beat Juventus 1-0 in the Women’s Champions League, Jonas Eidevall praised his defence’s efforts to keep yet another clean sheet.

For the eighth time this campaign we avoided conceding, which gave Vivianne Miedema the platform to snatch the all-important goal after 16 minutes to claim the three points.

And Jonas admitted it was “no coincidence” that we recorded another shutout, and believes there is more to come from us in attack too, given the impressive number of chances created against the Italian side at Emirates Stadium.

Speaking post-match, he said: “I really liked our performance in the first half. I think we were really well organised and we worked extremely well in defence, and we moved the ball well in offence as well.

“Second half we got a little bit tired and lost the initiative a little bit, but we still stayed in control to restrict Juventus from any clear scoring opportunities. That's the way it is sometimes when we’re playing with these heavy schedules.

“The most important thing is to create scoring opportunities and restrict scoring opportunities for the opponent, and we kept another clean sheet. It is not a coincidence that we are the team that keeps the most clean sheets, and we have to continue to work like that.

"If you keep a clean sheet, it’s a great starting point to win a football match, and then if you can create a lot of scoring opportunities, then that will also help. I’m very confident in our forwards’ ability to convert chances, and I’m sure that will change for the better.

“All in all, we stayed in control and won deservedly, and I think we’re in a great position now in the group.”

The victory moves us three points clear at the top of the group with two matches still to play, with the reigning champions Lyon next up at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, December 15.

After recording an emphatic 5-1 win away in France back in October, Jonas is expecting a backlash from the French outfit when they cross the Channel next week, and is urging his side not to get carried away with their previous performance.

“We know that Lyon will come here hungry for revenge, and we have to be prepared for that,” he added. “We have the utmost respect for Lyon; they’re the European champions and just because we played well for one game and won against them, we can’t lose our humbleness.

“We need to stay very grounded, and understand that a good performance against Lyon starts with everyone being aligned on the work that will be required. We need to do that for all 90 minutes and every second at our disposal, and if we do that - maybe. Together with our fans, we can do something great.”

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