Takehiro Tomiyasu sees Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game against Sevilla as an opportunity to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat at Newcastle United.
A win at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday will see us advance to the knockout stages of the competition.
“To play in the Champions League was my biggest dream so I’m happy to play in it,” he said. “I just want to play on the pitch as much as I can.
“We are really focused on tomorrow’s game. We need to bounce back from Saturday’s game. It’s a massive opportunity for us to qualify for the next stage. It’s a massive game for us and we’re playing to get three points against them.
“It’s not easy to play in the Champions League and Premier League, but we need to be fit and available as much as we can because already we’ve lost some players with injuries. For me, I need to be fit and available as much as I can.”
Takehiro was also asked about his education in football and ability to play with both feet.
“To be honest I didn’t train to be both footed,” he explained. “When I was a kid, when I had the ball on my right foot, I played with my right foot, and if it was on the left foot I played with the left foot.
“It’s not easy and my role changes each game but the most important thing is how to behave on the pitch, how much you want to win the game, how much you want to beat your opponent. This doesn’t change. My job is to give 100 percent on the pitch. It doesn’t matter which position I play in.”
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