Laurent Koscielny made his first appearance in 6 months in tonight’s 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.
It was great to see the skipper back, he was clearly delighted to be playing again, and this is what he had to say to BT Sport after the game.
Great to see you back. How good did it feel?
It was very important for me today. Now I start a new chapter on my career, I think I’m better in my head and physically as well. So, for me it’s just important to enjoy with my teammates today. Just to be on the pitch, because for a football player the most important is to be on the pitch with our friends, and today I did that, so I’m very happy.
Was it a good game to come back in? You weren’t troubled too much.
Yeah, it was a difficult game as they played well. We had some chances, but for me and for all the players it was important to keep our run going for our confidence. We have a big challenge during Christmas, and we need to other players for this club and today we played with many young players.
They were very determined and focused on their job, we won so it’s important to finish on top of the group.
How hard has it been to be injured?
It’s difficult, you have some difficult moments. It was my first big injury, and I was a long time out from the pitch. It’s difficult but you learn a lot about yourself, and the people you have a around you. As I said, I’m very happy, calm with myself, focused mentally, and you are stronger because it’s tough to miss being on the pitch. Now it’s the end of that and with a smile I will just enjoy it with my club and I’ll start my season now.