“I have my opinion, but I prefer to keep it like this because they are clear incidents and that’s why we have the referees and VAR. They can get it wrong or right. It
Two points dropped?
“I think for long periods of the game we deserved three points, 100 per cent. But against this opposition when you have them you have to kill them and we should have scored three or four goals and then the game is over.
“We haven’t done that and after the team is down to 10-men we lose three points.
“With these two things we really complicated [things] but overall I am extremely proud and happy with what I’ve seen from the players.
“The way we dominated this type of opponent which is not an easy thing to do after the amount of games we have played in the last few days.”
Regret at not putting away the chances?
“Absolutely, but they have a great goalkeeper who saved them in the specific moment that we needed it.
“And then the incident with Eddie, yes we can discuss the intention or whatever it is, the referee has made a decision and we have to learn from that as well.
“Since I joined it’s the fourth time we have played with 10 men and this is something we have to improve because we may give the opponent a big advantage.”
Should Vardy and Nketiah challenges be treated the same?
“What I am saying is if you review incidents of that type, you have to review them all. It has to be equal for everyone because it changes the game.
“If Eddie’s is a red card for sure, so is the other.”
Does Saka’s form keep surprising you?
“No. He’s really good. Really accurate and very precise in the final third, the closer he gets to the box actually the picture is clearer for him. That’s why he’s made so many assists.
“He will score a lot of goals because he has a really good quality in terms of finishing with both feet.
“He’s learning a new position, had some difficulties but he read some situations really well and was a threat.”
View on the race for Europe?
“We have to go game by game. We have to review the game, try to get better, improve and then go against Spurs, try to win the three points and see where this takes us.”
“The club’s are dealing with the situation. You know what happened in the last few days, I prefer to stay away from that.
“Hopefully they find a good agreement on the situation in good terms that helps the player as well.”
Still being discussed?
Does your side need to be more clincial?
“It’s very difficult to do. The hardest thing to do is score goals. We generated more than enough opportunities to go in with a much bigger margin at half time.
“We make a lot of reviews about situations like how important they are, crucial moments to make the right decision and be clinical and ruthless.
“If you don’t do that you cannot play these games.”
Verdict on Ceballos’ performance?
“He was superb again, him and Granit are creating a really good understanding. They give a lot of stability, a lot of balance as well with the ball to make the right decision in transition moments.
“They are evolving a lot together. Defensively Dani has made a big step forwards with his pressing, the amount of interceptions and tackles he’s making and he is enjoying it.
Do you want him to stay long-term?
“I’m really happy with him. I think it’s something that the club has to go a little bit further with Real Madrid on that.
At the moment he is playing really well, I am happy with him. He’s a player with big talent.”
Aubameyang playing centrally?
“He played tonight unfortunately with 10-men in a completely different game.
“We will look at the options and see how we can be diverse, we will see how long Eddie is suspended and we will adapt.
Is the Golden Boot important to him?
“I don’t know. We try to put into the team as much firepower as possible without losing our balance. Auba has scored a lot of goals coming from that position. He’s done it over his career as well.
“We know he can play as a No.9. but now the balance of the team is a little bit perfect.
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Is he happy to play anywhere for you?
“I don’t think it’s about the relationship, it’s about the type of player he is. He is a team player.
“You can ask him to play anywhere and he’d take it. Obviously, he would prefer to play somewhere all the time, but he is happy and you see the effort he puts in every game. “
“He’s disappointed. He said sorry and that he didn’t mean to do that. I know when he goes for every ball it’s because he is so willing to win every challenge.
“He’s on the front foot in every action and he didn’t see the player coming up and didn’t want to hurt anyone. It’s part of the process, they are really young, they need to learn from these situations and hopefully, it won’t happen again.”
Will you lean on Aubameyang and Lacazette to put an arm around him?
“Absolutely they will have to support him.
“There are a few things that happened as to why we didn’t win the game, not just that action. Obviously against top opposition playing with 10-men you make it really difficult for yourself.”