Petr Cech returned to his former club last night, and probably had a much busier night than he would have wanted.
Although he conceded three times, the veteran had to make a succession of saves after the home side took full advantage of the fact that Arsenal were reduced to ten men five minutes before half-time.
All of their goals in the 3-1 win came after the sending off, and the 36 year old was particularly unhappy about the late concession of a third which makes next week’s second leg even more difficult.
“I think the biggest disappointment is the third goal,” he said, “because at 2-1, you go home and you know that there’s a result where you’ve scored away at home and you can overcome it.
“The turning point was the red card because they managed to score from the resulting free-kick.
“When we went down to 10 men in the first half, it became a lot more difficult. We were unlucky with the second goal because it was an own goal from a deflection, but I thought we were still in the game.”
However, with a home game to come at the Emirates, Cech remains confident that we can do better and qualify for the quarter-finals. Asked if it’s a deficit we can overcome, he said, “Of course. At home we can win. We created some chances today as well so we have to be positive.
“We’ve done it in the past where we’ve been 2-0 down and have overcome the deficit. One positive is that we can give it a go in the week to overcome it.”