4 weeks ago - Posted by - stanley okonkwo
We're not happy with where we are, we're going to fight and get through this, I'm telling you now.
“We have to think only about tomorrow's match and that'll help us to stay positive this season. I'm as hungry as ever, and it's not just me, the players are the same. They've got the same discipline to keep going and turn it around. These things can happen at this club and you can't do amazing things every year. We're not happy with where we are, we're going to fight and get through this, I'm telling you now. We can still win the Champions League and we're going to give it everything we've got”.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I try to keep the hunger, improve as a coach and try to ensure my squad keeps doing things which we believe will help us do a good job. It's where we are today and I can't think about the trophies I've won. I was disappointed the other day because I didn't expect to be out of the cup but that's football. Nobody can take my enthusiasm for working here until my last day. The players are disappointed but they can't be blamed in regards to attitude”.
“I'm here, win or lose. I'm not happy to have so much criticism come my way but it's the norm when results aren't going for you. I accept the criticism but it's not going to get in the way of me doing my job as I believe it should be done and I'm sure I can turn it around and take something positive from this. I see my players look hungry in training”.
“He looks good and he'll play tomorrow”.
Partly to blame?
“I'm to blame for not having won the game after we got the result we wanted in Leganés. That's the problem I had with the other day and perhaps there was a lack of motivation, especially in the first half. We didn't start too badly but we gave the ball away and the first half was pretty poor. Perhaps I was unable to get things across enough to win the game. These things can happen during your career and all we can do is work hard and believe that we can turn things around with the squad we've got”.
“If I thought I couldn't get through to the players, I'd leave tomorrow. Footballers go through both good and bad moments and the other day was a particularly low point but we have to pick ourselves up. There are worse things in life and I want to change our position and I think I've got the strength to do so. If I didn't we'd have a problem. I'm the only one seeing the positives, and I don't say that to protect myself. Football is about results, no matter what people say. That's what keeps you calm and it's what we're here for”.
“I wouldn't change anything. It sounds good to say I'd change things but I accept what's happening and believe we're going to get out of it. I was happy with my squad at the start of the season and I don't regret anything now. It's a squad for the future that has to keep learning. I'm 100% behind them”.