Emery believes Arsenal can build confidence on the last 2 games
- Arsenal defeated Rennes 4-3 on aggregate.
- This comes after a stellar 2-0 win over Manchester United.
- The manager is overall happy with the result and believes it can kickstart their run-in for the last part of the season.
In his post-match press conference, Unai Emery spoke about the team's performance against Rennes in the second leg. He underlines that the game was after a very stressful and draining match against top-four rivals Manchester United and he is proud that the team did not lack energy.
"We can be proud of our supporters and our players today because it's been a very difficult week against Manchester United on Sunday and then today against Rennes after our defeat away. I think today we played very, very consistently in the 90 minutes, being also competitive without the ball above all and very serious defensively.
Can Emery get some credit for his man management and game management? Outstanding again recently.— ARSENAL (@Artekkers) March 14, 2019
"I missed a little more control with the ball, some possession. But they left, usually a lot of players in the attacking third and gave us a lot of possibilities to attack the space against them and run more in the transition. It's not all like we wanted with the control, but I think our match was competitive and it was very well today."
Moreover, the manager singles out that the most important thing is that Arsenal can continue building n the last two results as the team's confidence will only grow.
"It's giving us very big confidence on Sunday against Manchester United and the same with this performance and this victory. This comeback was very difficult but I think our reaction was a very good reaction from every player. Playing under pressure is good. Growing up under pressure, every player, like a team.
"And to feel difficult moments to give us our best performances in these moments. For us, today and Sunday, we were playing and being competitive. I think it's good confidence for us to feel that."
The substitutions were perfect from Emery. They were immediately involved for the 3rd goal. pic.twitter.com/rOM0WALE4l— ArsenalArena (@ArsenalArena) March 14, 2019
However, Unai admits that the performances against United and Rennes were not perfect as he highlights that the team lost the ball far too many times for his liking.
"After, if I am very demanding of myself, I want to take the best confidence with the ball, with the control with the ball with the possession, because I think against Manchester United and today, we lost a little bit these moments with the ball to give us the confidence with the ball and to control the match with the ball."