“It’s the past, a long time ago. We know they have great players, so it’s a difficult job, and we have to do a difficult task. But we have belief. We are convinced we can do it if we have the right plan, the right attitude from the players and the right team spirit. [If we have those], we will do it.”
Frank Lampard will be in the opposition dugout, someone you have faced twice this season with Everton. Is there anything you can take at all from games against his teams that can help prepare you for this one?
“We know Frank Lampard always prepares his teams very well and we have seen that when we faced Everton twice. Also last weekend against Man City, he did a great job. I think when you saw the game, a draw was justified. He didn’t get it, but they played very well and we know we have to play our best level if we want to get the right result.”
Finally, we previously asked you about potential players for the Player of the season award. In The Debate show this week, Ben Thornley picked out Aaron Wan-Bissaka as an alternative. How impressed have you been with his performances since the World Cup, both defending and attacking?
“He has improved a lot, as many players have improved during the season. That’s one of the jobs for a manager and the coaching staff, to get that done [improve players] and we are really happy with it, that players are developing. Always the team spirit is the base and if players understand that, if they can set their egos aside, then you will see that the team develops and progresses. And then within the team’s progress, individuals make a lot of progress and Aaron is definitely one of them.”
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