Press conference

‘I trust our players to turn it around’


Unai Emery insists he remains confident we can turn around our Europa League last-32 clash with BATE Borisov after losing the first leg on Thursday night.

We host the Belarusians next week at Emirates Stadium, and our head coach saw enough to believe that his side have the quality to progress.

“I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters,” he said. “There are two matches. Tonight's match is important but we can't [be knocked out in it], we are going to play a second match next week. 

"I trust in our work to prepare for the next match and to have a different result at Emirates Stadium.

"I respect [BATE] and I know about them because we watched matches they played. An organised team, defensively a good team and good at transitions. We worked to stop them in these actions but they scored one goal and in the transitions we worked well to stop another situation defensively for us.

"Then in the attacking moment we had the chances, more than them, but the goalkeeper and the last action for us was not efficient. But we did our all to win the match.

"It's the first 90 minutes. I know it's more difficult here as we [didn't] take a better result, but the next match at the Emirates we are going to continue our work today and I want to work to take better attacking moments with more efficiency and to win the match."

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