‘I don’t know I’m happy, “great performance” Unai Emery makes official statement

Unai Emery was a happy man after Alexandre Lacazette scored a late equaliser to earn a point against Liverpool. Here’s every single word from his post-match press conference.

on a deserved draw…
I don’t know. I’m happy with our performance and I think today the balance in the 90 minutes is more balanced positively with the control against them, but it’s very difficult to not let them have chances also. We needed a little luck in some moments of the match and also we needed, when we were attacking, to find our goal. It’s the reason that at the end, I think 1-1 is a good result for how we did in the 90 minutes after 1-0 when we are losing and it’s the reason we are happy 50 per cent. The second, maybe also we can lose in one moment and in the 90 minutes we could also have won in the balance of the 90 minutes.

on the crowd…
One characteristic of Liverpool is the intensity and their big players, so today was a good test for us. We need more, I think we need more in our work and tactically also, but the spirit is like we want and also the atmosphere today was a very big atmosphere with the supporters pushing for 90 minutes. Today is a very good spectacle for them and for us.

on belief growing…
I think the progress is with time, a long time. In football it’s very difficult to ask for a lot of time, but we need it. A good example is against Manchester City, Chelsea and today against Liverpool, the performance and how different matches have been played. I think in these three matches, today is a more competitive game for us.

on Iwobi’s impact…
We need every player and the characteristics he has are important. Iwobi can impact highly in the match, also in the beginning of the match when we play with him starting on the bench. Today, I think he started on the right and then he was better on the left. He had an impact in some moments on the match, like with our goal. His energy is important, his quality. But he can do better also. He scored against Chelsea, there’s been a lot of matches, I want him to be nearer the box to score more and I think that he can. I think he is very young and he is improving, but I have ambition because he can do more.

on matching the top teams…
The first thing is that the Premier League is the first competition for us because it is giving us the big regularity in the season. 38 matches. It’s very important when you play against City and Chelsea or against Liverpool. If you win, it’s better, but a lot of matches are very important because three points is the same against Liverpool or against Crystal Palace. Today is one test, how we are against one team, after City, after Chelsea, maybe today we were more near with our performance. But also, we need the regularity of every match and the next match against Wolverhampton here, is the same. Another important game.

on the idea of a European Super League…
I don’t know exactly. Maybe this is a bigger discussion with more time to explain together with the football world and with people, for what is the best competition in the world. I think it’s a bigger discussion with more knowledge.

on the late goal and our goalscorers…
We have a top scorer like Aubameyang and also Lacazette can score a lot, and other players. This statistic is important. This goal, for Laca and for us, is important. To continue creating chances to score is important. Today I think we had a lot. It is important for us to continue in this way of having chances.

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