Timo Werner – important for him to achieve that goal and now open the door?
Yes of course.
For strikers, the last percentage of belief and self-confidence comes from goals and nothing else. He worked hard for that.
He was very determined in assists and winning penalties in past games, and today he scored a goal and this is a great, super pint for him. I’m happy because he put in a lot of effort and now I think it’s a big relief, but we saw him coming.
How is Tammy Abraham?
No updates, it’s worrying because we had to download it so quickly after heavy accessories. We are worried, but there is no news
Showing the referee something on the half-time update, was it an attack on Abraham?
My assistant tried to display it on the iPad. We had a feeling it was a reckless approach. He played the ball, yes, but it was too much because you risk injuring your opponent, and for me it was a foul.
It was reckless, but okay, I don’t want to criticize.
Back to top four, do you want to move on now?
Well, we will never stop forcing, because as I said before, there is no other way but to step by step and game by game.
I can only tell everyone that it is a long way, there are many many teams that are close and we have some difficult game games, a lot of great teams to play and points to win.
So now we will have a few days off to recover physically and mentally, and then we are 100 percent preparing for Sothampton and the next challenge.
We are playing in the toughest league in Europe and the schedule at the end of the season will be calculated at the moment.
The hard part was getting the first four, did he keep them there?
A lot of people said when we started that it wasn’t going to be possible because there was a lot of room and points in fourth place between us and Liverpool.
It was clear that not everything was in our hands and we needed results on other pitches to reduce the backlog. That was the situation when we started. Since then, we haven’t spent a minute thinking about other pitches and other teams, situations with the schedule.
We just spent every minute with our team focusing on us. Let’s prepare for the matches because we play in the hardest league and we have to be ready every three days.
We had different competitions, and we are still in three competitions. Usually it can be a reward today when you look at the match schedule, but it can’t be a hindrance from Thursday onwards [when Chelsea return after a two day break].
The only focus will be on how to be ready for Southampton. I think my players know that very well. We worked hard for this momentum. The players have worked incredibly hard to win all these games in a row and it won’t stop. That’s bad news, but everyone is ready for it.
Everyone who signs Chelsea wants to have this competition and the challenge now is to move on. But we can look at our performance, determination and hunger to not let anyone fall to 99% performance levels.
No Christian Pulisic off the bench tonight?
Today, the first change was already made in the first half due to injury and Christian decided very firmly if he would start again after the cup match or if he came in from the bench.
We decided to start eleven more. Unfortunately, we only had three changes which makes it difficult to give players time, let everyone play and influence the changes of fresh feet. This also complicates the third change, which we did not want to take advantage of too soon.
During the match, we did what we normally do, and that is to change just to win the match. It deserves to start or come in, but I could only use three. I hope it will continue and have an important impact on us in the future.
Are you looking forward, back to Champions League action next week, ready to push into the trophy?
You have to ask me next Monday.
We will be ready and I hope to tell you that we are well prepared. We will do everything to get through it, but you know very well that Atletico is the top of the league and that it is by far the top of the league in Spain. They are one of the toughest teams in Spain and still pose a challenge. It’s an elimination from two matches, as you well know.
We will focus on Southampton and the best way to get to the Champions League with a good performance. We hope for another victory, we will see on Monday who we can count on and who is ready to play.
We’re confident enough that we can say we’re playing these two games to advance to the next round, but it’s going to be super hard.