We were creative but the penalty killed the game’

Petr Cech saves from Fousseni Diabate at Leicester
Petr Cech saves from Fousseni Diabate at Leicester

Petr Cech has faced the media after plenty of our away defeats this year and he had another one to digest on Wednesday night.

The goalkeeper was in inspired form to keep Leicester at bay in the first half and then watched his team-mates launched a second-half rally before Leicester won the game late on.

Here’s what Petr said after the game:

on conceding and going down to 10 men early on…

Yeah, we obviously gave them an advantage to play quite a long time against 10 men but I felt that we dug really deep and we obviously needed to defend at times and be compact and wait for our opportunities to counter-attack. I thought that we had two or three very good opportunities. In the second half we scored a goal and we were right back in the game but unfortunately the second goal, the penalty, gave them back the lead and then they waited for a counter-attack and confirmed their win.

on really pushing for the win…

Well, we had nothing to wait for because we were down to 10 men. We had to make sure that we played and couldn’t just wait and give them the ball and wait for their chances. They had chances from counter-attacking in the first half, but as I said, when you go down to 10 men you have two options. You can defend your box and wait for one chance, but obviously with our quality of football we believe that if you have more of the ball, even down to 10 men, then we will create more to score the goal. In the end we did so, but the second goal killed the game.


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