Press conference

Emery's press conference: read every word

Unai Emery

Unai Emery was understandably satisfied after we secured top spot in our Europa League group with a 3-0 win at Vorskla.

Afterwards, our head coach faced the media to discuss our performance and how some of our youngsters fared.

Read on for a full transcript of his post-match press conference:

on whether it was a comfortable win…
In the first minute they started pushing and they had some action in attacking moments, but we stopped it well and then when we scored the first goal we took confidence and then took control of the game. With our positioning, with having the ball, possession, and continuing finding every time an attacking moment for us. The individually quality was good and it was a big performance for us.

on the thought process behind his subs…
We were thinking today about our victory and also to create with the right players and to give chances to a lot of players. We played with young players also and they are working with us in training every day. In the 90 minutes, the first thing for us is to win, and then finish the match with some substitutions and the end result.

on Emile Smith Rowe…
He is taking confidence, he is taking responsibility and also I think today his performance in 90 minutes is very good. He is a good example for the other young players. We think they can help us but they need the confidence of playing matches, not only working with us in the training sessions. They needs to take minutes in matches like today. We want and have the responsibility with the young players like Emile but also the others for them to stay, work and show us that they can improve and stay with us. 

on what was tough about Vorskla…
Every match is difficult for us, we respect them and then we wanted to impose our quality and our mentality over the 90 minutes. They work it and they play it well, but we didn’t concede chances to give them opportunities to beat us.

on his expectations and thoughts about Vorskla...
We analysed the opposition like in other matches and with this respect in thinking to impose our work, our ideas and our qualities. But, with respect to them and then, on the pitch and at half-time, we are speaking to remember things tactically and individually to continue with our ideas in our match against them.