Unai Emery says he’s not overly worried about tonight’s 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Europa League because he has faith that the players can perform better in the second leg next week.
The Belarusians travel to the Emirates next Thursday, and the Spaniard is sure that despite not being efficient in front of goal on Thursday night, home advantage and the backing of the fans will help his team through to the next round.
Speaking after the disappoint result and performance, Emery said, “I am happy with the players as we worked and we tried. They struggled also defensively when they were 1-0 up and they are organised and a competitive team.
“Our big chance, our big opportunity and challenge is next week. It’s not the result like we want and like we worked on the pitch because we deserved more, but they worked for that and the next game is going to be different.
“We did our all to win the match. It’s the first 90 minutes. I know it’s more difficult here as we didn’t take a better result, but the next match at the Emirates we are going to continue our work today and I want to work to take better attacking moments with more efficiency and to win the match.”
As for next week, he continued, “I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters. There are two matches.
“Tonight’s match is important but we can’t be knocked out in it, we are going to play a second match next week.
“I trust in our work to prepare for the next match and to have a different result in Emirates Stadium.”