How pleased were you with the performance?
“The amount of effort and intensity, teamwork, both legs fantastic, incredible, outstanding. We Missed four key players today. Everybody else stepped up, huge support from the bench, the stands the guys who were injured.
“Totally reliable, effort, intensity, incredible, hard, hard teamwork. I am very, very happy, moments incredible with the ball but never lose intensity against the ball.
“We adapt to any system the opponent played today and over the two legs, it is a big win, deserved win, and big for the quarter-finals. I am super happy for my players.
How pleased were you with the front three? And Ziyech especially?
“He played for that reason, he did it with Ajax so we chose him for that, he has good experience in the round of 16, he knows how it feels to arrive in the knockout round and to go through the last eight.
“The first reason he deserves it, this was the second and the third, we missed Mason Mount, we wanted to replace the intensity and work-rate with Hakim.
“We faced a midfield of three with a lot of quality and we wanted three midfielders minimum against the ball to give reliable work-rate into this team, this is what he always does.
“He suffers a little bit with our style, he needs to adapt to the structure and be more reliable with the ball and he needs to find a better rhythm when to taking risks and not to take risks but I am super happy, this is reliable from him
“He is a hard-working guy upfront and I am happy that he could finish the transition with Kai and Timo, the three were all involved and it was a nice and decisive goal.”
Seen many better performances than Kante’s? Turns 30 but doesn’t look to slow down soon?
“I never know the age of my player just from performance, if you play with him you play with half a man more because he gives intensity and volume that is outstanding and it is unique.
“It is a pleasure to coach him, a big gift for me, such a big helper on the pitch and don’t underestimate his quality in using, escaping the pressure. He can improve with the ball, but it is fantastic to have him.
“Kova and him needed to step up today and the two knew they could rely on them, took all the wihg on their shoulders and did a fantastic job.”
Describe the brilliant goals you scored today?
“We need to improve in counter-attacks clearly because we have so many ball wins. We need to improve in the context that after we win the ball, we have to be more forward-thinking, to use our speed and exploit the spaces.
“The goal is fantastic because if you look at how the goal starts. It is a tackle from Timo (Werner) after a deflection from the cross. We are not lazy, we are hard-working, a hard-working team. A hard-working team is the best thing you can have as a coach.
“Yes, we are looking for the click, we are looking to be more clinical and precise in the decision making and counterattacks. Even in the second half, we could finish the game off easily with two or three goals but we are still lacking the last pass. Yes, but it was nice to see that our offensive guys are involved in these types of goals. It was a big boost.”
How good are Chelsea after previous experiences elsewhere?
“From the very first moment, I felt part of a family and a well-structured club that thinks every three days about what is needed to win games. Everybody in this club thinks about football and from the first day the support was amazing. I feel part of it. A true part.
“I feel like part of the team also. The input of the players, the approach to the game is outstanding. What the Premier League demands and what they are used to putting into their performances is fantastic to see.
“It is from here we go. We take it step by step. We encourage them because we see so many good things from training from the first days when we coached.
“We arrived and after one day we had a game. We saw so many good habits, the attitude towards training and the games are amazing. It is our job to play our part, it is my job to play my part. This is what it is all about to put them in the mood and the spirit to show their quality because they are quality.”
Happy for Emerson?
“I’m so happy for him. The guy suffers all the time from my decisions. We have three players for one position with Marcos Alonso, Ben Chilwell, and Emerson. Since we started to play with a back three and chose different players so he only had the chance to show up in one cup game, which he did.
“After some days where he needed to settle to new information and a new style he is training with an unbelievable effort. He is one of the nicest guys you can imagine. He’s always friendly, has unbelievable qualities. It was necessary to give him a reward and give him some minutes as a thank you for his attitude.
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“It is the perfect example, you see what comes back, we get such a big reward, everybody celebrating and everybody happy for him because I truly believe everybody in the group feels what he is doing for the group.
“It is not easy because he puts his personal situation aside and he plays his role which is to give 100% be super professional and at the same time super nice. Never let anybody down with a bad mood. This is fantastic.
“I need to find new rewards for him. I said that to him that I am very happy and grateful and thankful for him that he could show up today and it is a pleasure to have him.”