'The kick-off delay didn't affect us at all'

Mohamed Elneny played the full 90 minutes as we came from behind to beat Cologne on the opening night of the Europa League group stage.

The Egypt international helped us turn the tide after a slow start, and he spoke to the media afterwards:

on the game…
It was such a difficult game against a tough German opponent. We played well and performed in such a great way on the field because we want to win the group and qualify to the next round.

on whether the delay affected the team…
No, that didn't affect us at all. We had to put all our heads into the game as we wanted to play well and apply pressure on all areas of the field, especially in the second half. That’s what we did where we pushed more up the field to win the game.

on the Europa League…
We always have different talks together as a team about this. One goal on our mind is to win the trophy which will be great for the club. What we want is to continue fighting for the [trophy], today was a brilliant start and we wanted to prove ourselves and that what we did.

on facing Chelsea…
Starting tomorrow, we will put our heads on the Chelsea game - it’s a tough opponent and tough match. We want to give it all in the game to make our fans happy.

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