Unai Emery press conference: Every word on Sporting CP draw

The worst news tonight is this injury – we think serious injury.

I think Danny was working well and was playing a good match. His injury was hard also for the mentality of the players because they looked at the big injury.

But when you are playing football in competitive matches it can happen. We don’t want it, but this is our profession

Extent of the injury?
He has been taking to hospital. We are going to wait for news on this injury, but we think it is serious.
What was the mood like in the changing room?

When a player has an injury like that the players look and in your mind you feel for the player.
Then the players concentrated on the match and we forgot from the next minute about the injury.

 

But when we finished the match the first thing was to ask about him.
On the result and performance
Congratulations to Sporting.

They were competitive and organised. Today, their commitment in the defensive moment is big.

We needed to be calm to cr

eate chances to score, but it wasn’t easy on the pitch. It was difficult to create big chances against them.
We created, but not enough to win tonight.

Did you speak to Danny and what did he say?
No.

Is it a bone or ligament injury?
It’s his ankle.

How sad is it that he’s injured again?

The other injuries are different. This one, he broke something in his ankle. It’s a different injury than the other.

More merit for Sporting or Arsenal?
I think it is merit for them because they were competitive, organised and worked very well.

But I am happy for us also because every player worked well with good commitment in a difficult game.

The match is Lisbon was also difficult, but we won and now we can say the three points away were very important for us and today also, this point wasn’t enough, but at the moment we are on target to be first in the group.

We didn’t close the first position tonight but we will continue in our way for that.

Will you now rest players in the last two games because you have qualified?
Our mind is to be first in the group and then every match we want the best performance from every player and to use the players we want for each match and to think about the next one.

At the moment, for us, we think about the match against Wolverhampton on Sunday.

On Lichtsteiner’s injury
Lichtsteiner’s injury changed our idea on the match, we wanted to change for Eddie Nketiah and give another chance for the striker.
But when he had the injury we needed to play with a right-back which was the reason we played with Ainsley [Maitland-Niles].

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