Cech – It was a brilliant team effort

Petr Cech
Petr Cech

Petr Cech faced media after Arsenal's 2-1 win against Manchester City. This is what he said:

on the result…
I think it was a six-pointer. Leicester won their game and their game away and we needed to close the gap again. Manchester City were one point behind us so it was a very important game. You could see we were ready and we put in a good performance. In the second half we pushed harder and the last 15 minutes we were more tired and we put in a magnificent effort. They scored a goal out of nowhere and I have to say it gave them confidence and motivation for the last minutes so they pushed hard for the equaliser but I thought we were brilliant and this is why we managed to see the game out.

on Mesut Ozil being player of the season…
Mesut is a world champion. A player with experience from international games and as well from his time at Real Madrid so obviously he is a key player for us. He has been playing brilliantly this season so have the other players. Today was a brilliant team effort and everyone in the team put in the shift we needed to win a big game like that and obviously we are happy with the overall performance.

on being in this position…
We have the desire and ambition. We have been coping with everything that has come at us and that is the way we go on. Day by day you prepare for games and you work as hard as you can to be in that position.

on the clean sheet record…
In this game it is far more important to win 2-1 that have a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. I’m happy with the three points and the record can wait. If it means we win 2-1 every game until the end of the season, I will take it.

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