Unai Emery says he’s looking for his players to take the positives from last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Man City as they head for Stamford Bridge this weekend.
Although the gulf between the two sides was pretty obvious, there were things that the new boss was pleased with, and he’s urging his side to focus on them when they face Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Speaking at his pre-game press conference about what he learned from his first competitive game in charge, the Spaniard said, “The first game gives us more information about things to improve and also things to continue doing.
“We need to continue with our work to make the differences in the next match and in the future.
“For me, what was most important was the players know the positive things we did in this game and also the things we need to improve on and work more for.”
And on what the plan is for Chelsea, he continued, “First, we want to build a competitive team. We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think on Sunday against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing.
“That was a good thing. I want us to continue with this work and to be completive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively.
“We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.”
Having already revealed he’s keeping faith with Petr Cech, we’ll wait and see what he does about midfield with new signing Lucas Torreira in line for his first start – but at whose expense?
And will he start Aubameyang and Lacazette together after the former Borussia Dortmund man talked up their relationship during the week?
We’ll find out on Saturday.