Age | ‘We just watched Brighton play’

The head coach admitted he was left ‘sad and unhappy’ after allowing the Seagulls to dominate much of the game and squandering the team’s missed opportunity to push the table higher of the Premier League, especially with a series of difficult encounters in the next. fifteen days.

On “the worst performance of the season”

“When you come back from that performance that we gave for 90 minutes, there’s not much to say. We didn’t come to play, we just watched Brighton play. They deserved the three points because they played better, especially in the second half, when they were winning 1-0, and we didn’t have the ability to play our game.

“The opportunity we have in our hands to get to the top positions, that’s why it’s hard to explain. When you leave for 45 minutes and you concede two penalties, the first one was a handball, it can happen , but the second was just a throwback and once again a penalty.

“I changed to be more aggressive up front because 1-0 wouldn’t get us anything, and we really haven’t changed too much. All I can say is it’s been 90 minutes since we just watched Brighton play. It’s the worst performance since day one.

On Brighton dominance

“They also have a good style of play and in the first half it was a calm game from them, they didn’t create too many chances, like us, but they got the penalty. In the second half , they were much better and it is to their credit.

“Afterwards, we gave them the spaces and they scored goals. They dominated the game because they were offered more spaces. But when you look at the game, these are difficult goals to take. Thanks to them, they played, they won, they created chances and they scored goals, and for us it’s just a game to watch because it’s been 90 minutes since we’ve played.

On tactical decisions

“Right now we have a big chance to arrive in a different position and we missed important players. Even today we just had the chance to play with Ruben and we started with midfielders because that Brighton start with a lot of midfield and they wanted to control the game.

“When we changed we had to remove Ruben because he was only allowed to play 45 minutes, we only had two midfielders and tried to give a different dynamic with Raul, with Pedro and with Hwang up front. , and we have not done better.

“It’s difficult for me to come to this time, we missed some players and we miss opportunities to put the club in different positions.”

On another missed opportunity

“When there’s a lot of things wrong the first person who needs to be aware of that is me. I need to see the signs and when you get to that position and we have a great chance to do many things.

“With two more wins we are lucky to have the club record in the Premier League, if we want points we can put the club seventh or sixth, and if you ask any player who wants to play the last games in the season where we are fighting for our position, when you have to play important games for the top of the Premier League, and you come for these games and you play.

“So we have to understand the signs. We want to take the club to the next level and we missed those chances, so for me it’s not enough. When you play like that, it’s not good enough.

On the mentality of his players

“It was strange for me today. The first goal means a lot. We were in the game and they don’t concede too many chances, they concede a penalty from a cross for handball and after they scored the second penalty , but you feel that with the right momentum, if you come in and try to do my best to put more men up front and be more aggressive to create more chances, because we get away with it good from day one.

“The mentality is very good and that’s why I think what happened today, it was clear, but the players know they have to do better and I know they have to do better.

“I’m sad, I’m unhappy today because we didn’t play and for sure, we have important games ahead of us and I’ll see which players want to continue to put the club in the different levels.”