Unai Emery says he’s positive about his team’s chances of making the top four this season, but has challenged his players to try and recreate their impressive home form on the road.
The 2-0 win over Newcastle was our 10th successive home win in the Premier League, the first time we’ve done that since the 1997-98 season, but away we’re less effective. Considering five of our last seven games are away from the Emirates, an improvement would definitely increase our chances of securing Champions League football.
“When we were the last in the table [the ‘top six table’, we assume], I was positive,” said the Spaniard.
“It was difficult. Now, I am the same positive. It’s easier than when we were last in the table, but the opposition is going to demand us to get a lot of points at the end of the season and I am only going to think of the next match.
“Our challenge is away because we are going to play five matches away in the last seven matches. Our challenge is to be as consistent away as we are at home.”
And with intense competition it’s going to be difficult. However, what was a race between three teams for one place in the top four has now turned into a four-way battle for two spots thanks to Sp*rs recent form, and Emery is keen for his side to show togetherness and solidarity when the inevitable difficult moments arise.
“Our demands are very big demands, individually and collectively, and I want us in the difficult moments and in the good moments, to be together,” he continued.
“Football can change during the next matches and that can change. We need to be strong, first with a good mentality together and with each other helping us.
“After is to be calm because we know that now we are in front, for the third position, but we are going to play a lot of matches and also the opposition is going to demand us to get a lot of points because they are going to do that.”