Ole: It’s great that our fans are excited
The boss was asked about a big week in the Premier League, in part two of his press conference after the Watford game...
Q: Just following on from the earlier question - with those three players injured, are you confident that they’ll be fit for the Burnley and Liverpool games next week? A: I hope so. I hope all of them for Liverpool anyway. I’m not sure if they’ll make the Burnley one, but light training tomorrow [Sunday] and we’ll see on Monday. Q: It’s obviously a big week for you and the two games will be crucial to see if you stay up there. Do you think it’ll be a real test for your squad’s mentality in the next couple of games? A: We’re not even halfway through the season yet. I feel that every game in the Premier League is a challenge, is a test. Every game gives you a test - Watford today gave us a test; Burnley is one test, Liverpool is another, then you go to Fulham which is a different test again. No-one will remember how the league table looked on 12 January in 2021. Q: Just following on from that question - obviously, there are no trophies handed out now and there are many games to play, but how potentially significant could the next two games be? If you avoid defeat on Tuesday you can go top, and then it’s a huge game against Liverpool. In terms of the season, it could be huge for momentum, could it not? A: We’ve had good momentum. We started well again after the disappointment against City. [We] bounced back really well with a win and, of course, we want to build momentum again if we can get a win on Tuesday then if you can win two games in a row, you go into the next game confident. Every game in the Premier League is a chance to build some more confidence. Q: I know you don’t like to get to ahead of yourself, but there is a feeling among fans that this is potentially the biggest week in the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired because it’s been a long time since the club were up there in January. Can you understand the feeling among the fans that places such importance on a week like this? A: I think it’s great that our fans are excited and that they’re happy with where we’re at, and that we have this little sense of excitement. But we’re not even halfway through the season, so every game against Burnley, or every game against Liverpool, matters a lot anyway. For me, all my eyes are on Tuesday and let’s see where we’re at after that one.