Laurent Koscielny says his teammates need to repair the damage done to their confidence after Leicester’s 3-0 win over Arsenal left our chances of sealing a top four place hanging by a thread.
Conceding three goals in three defeats in the last seven days means the good vibes built by the consecutive 1-0 wins at Watford and Napoli already feel like a distant memory.
“This week we are in a bad moment but we need to stay together,” Koscielny told Goal.com at the King Power.
“I believe in the quality of each player in this squad because in the last few months we’ve played well.
“When you go 22 unbeaten, it’s not easy and I think everyone fought for this. I want to keep the heads up because this is football. The end is nearly here and we didn’t fight this whole season for nothing.”
“The away form is not good at this moment,” he added.
“We won away at Napoli and it was a difficult game because it’s a very tough atmosphere, but when the confidence is a little bit down then it’s tough to come back. We need to stay together every day to give more for the team.
“We need to give five more per cent every day to get this confidence and come back at our top level. We have the quality and we’ve shown that this season, but now we have five games in front of us and every one is so important for our future. We need to fight.”
Looking ahead to Thursday’s Europa League semi-final with Valencia, Koscielny made clear that our hectic schedule will not be an excuse for another poor performance.
“Of course we’ve played a lot of games every three days, but we have a big squad.
“We need everyone to be ready and help the team to produce the best results. We’ve lost some players with injury but we still have a team full of good players.
“Confidence is the most important thing in football, more than the quality. It’s about working together and giving that commitment to the team. Alone, we can do nothing. Together, we can achieve our targets.”