Herrera: We lacked fight
"They were more aggressive and played with more passion than us," admits Ander Herrera.
It was clearly a very tough day, wasn’t it? “It was a very tough day because we had a big chance today to keep winning games – we didn’t do it. They were more aggressive in the first half and played with more passion in the first 30-35 minutes. After that, we came back into the game well and tried to play side to side. We put in a lot of crosses but when you’re losing 2-0 against such a passionate team, it’s not easy to equal the game. But we now have to analyse why we lost. We cannot concede what we did in the first 30-35 minutes and this is the Premier League, it’s not easy.” Why do you think they were more passionate in the first half? “We have to analyse that between us, I don’t think it’s time to talk here now. We have to speak between us, but that’s what happened. They were more passionate in the first 30 minutes.” Attack v defence in the second half. If you scored earlier, we could have gone on to win the game. “Yes. I had one chance with my head and Chris Smalling in the last few seconds also but when you are playing against such a passionate team, they are going to defend all of them, even the crowd as well. They deserve the victory. We didn’t do enough today to get the three points and we cannot think now that we have lost everything because we still have to play a lot of games. We now have two very tough Premier League games, you never know, you can win against anyone and lose against anyone.” Is it good that the games keep coming thick and fast? “Yes, of course, you want the opportunity to play again as quickly as possible and that’s what’s going to happen again against Swansea.”