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Xhaka - That was just not good enough

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka was short and to the point: our performance at Aston Villa just wasn’t good enough.

Our Switzerland international midfielder faced the media after our defeat on Tuesday night, and this is what he said:

on what went wrong…
I think it was Aston Villa, their fight, they put everything out in each half and in my opinion they deserved the three points.

on set pieces causing issues…
Yes, we have a gameplan and we know they are very strong on set pieces but we did too many fouls near our box, too many corners against them but we didn’t play our gameplan. They were more aggressive than us and deserved it.

on it being tough after the Liverpool and City games…
Yes, of course, to beat two big, big teams… but in my opinion you can’t come here and play like this. It’s not good enough and you can’t play with this mentality. It was not enough to take something from today, and we knew if we won today, the last game if we won as well we could have got into the Europa League, but now we have to win the FA Cup and we have more pressure. But we will do everything to win the FA Cup now.

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