We would rather not be in your assessment, but we are, and it is our responsibility, and that’s why we need another reaction.
We had a week to prepare which was nice, but not nice because we would prefer to play the Champions League.
I think there are a lot of reasons why it is maybe normal to drop in intensity and in the level of effort but as we are an elite sports team, we compete on the very highest level of this sport.
We need to step up, show another reaction and that we can play better, have more impact and effort in the matches and start from there tomorrow.
Romelu Lukaku didn’t come on against Everton, how will you get the best from him? Do you see him being an important part of the squad?
I want him to be an important part of the squad. Right now, he is a very important part of the squad next season.
There is no way, no recruitment, no players about to leave because it is simply not possible.
If the situation changes, we need anyway to adapt all the time to contractual situations, individual situations of the players, what we want and think, and what the development will be.
We signed a big player, and he is still a big player.
He trained very well, and maybe he will start tomorrow.
What needs to happen for him to have an impact on a consistent basis?
Everybody does their very best, it is like for every other player.
There is not one thing we can provide or need to find to make this happen.
Even if things turn out and it’s the same squad, we will arrive for the very first match to win the match.
If you come from the situation was like you come from big knockout matches like against Real Madrid, playing in Wembley, then go back to the league and play for points.
The challenge of Arsenal and Spurs and also needing to find form for the cup final?
What we need to install and want to install anyway is to be in the mentality and mindset on a daily basis, or every three days, whatever it takes, no matter if it’s a cup game, Champions League or a normal league game.
This is where maybe we need to close the gap as well.
Is there a fear of missing out on players that rivals will get, and is plan B, majorly looking at loanees?
The loanees have to come back anyway! We are very selfish in that.
We have pre-season with them for them to show they can play the role we wish for.
Whoever takes place needs to do anything to keep the place.
We need to be very good in recruiting, very good in scouting, very good in decision making – all of us – to sign the players who are the best fit, bring the mentality, the mindset, the positional profile that you need to improve the squad. It is also here, on a very high level.
They need to help us install a kind of consistency because we are capable of producing big moments, big matches, big weeks, but we lack.
I am, in general, a very positive person who believes things will turn out in a good way.
Whoever is on the training pitch will need to be ready so that we push them to the limit.
They had problems in the very beginning with results, and then they were very strong over a large part of the season.
If you go a bit deeper into the statistics and analyse the game and the matches of them, you see that it is still very difficult to create chances.
They defend very disciplined, and we will not, for me, it is not possible to hurt them by pure ball possession.
We need to be very aware of the moments it’s possible to accelerate the game.
So far in the season and last matches, it is almost impossible to catch them on a counter-attack because they protect them, very well protected when they attack.
We need a good mix between patience, and still, while we are patient, we need to try to play a high rhythm so that we don’t get the feeling that everything gets stuck.
I expect their core performance of discipline and a very well structured team.
I’m not concerned if a father does not say a player does love me or not! I am not concerned about that, for sure not.
Every manager we have our reasons to choose a line-up and have our reasons to go for players in the first eleven.
You will never see in this kind of level of competition happy faces from players that are not selected.
The players in the end, are responsible to be and stay in the team.
I haven’t experienced the same reaction from Christian lately, it was actually the opposite – very strong, very positive in the last weeks.
Nobody could see this kind of situation coming, when you are sanctioned and cannot act on the transfer market and cannot act with our players, so of course, we are happy.
The player wants to stay, he sees his role, and we see his influence.