Leicester 3 United 1: Ole's press conference
Watch how the boss answered journalists' questions about the team and our performance at the King Power Stadium...
How disappointing? You’re always disappointed, especially when it’s the end of the line of a Cup run. We just couldn’t find a normal spark, brightness and energy, and I think maybe all the games have caught up with us. It was a big, big night for us and today we just didn’t have that zip. We needed to create chances and stop goals. Donny and Paul – mistake to start them give they could only last an hour? I would have started the same team again. We felt they had more than 45 minutes in them, they’re important players for us. That’s why we started them. We’ve talked about winning trophies being the next step for your team but you left Bruno out from start – suggest it’s not that important? Every team selection has reasons behind it. Bruno has played very, very much football. He broke all his records on Thursday night physically statically and the boy is not inhuman. He’s also a human being, he’s played a game every three or four days really. It was a chance to start to both Donny and Paul. The accumulation of games maybe caught up with us. I know Bruno wants to play but sometimes you make decisions for the benefit of both the team and him. International break a factor in your team selection and what was thinking behind 4 subs at once? We picked a team that we felt would win the game or give us a foundation to win the game. We knew players like Donny and Paul wouldn’t last more than an hour ish and we knew we had subs who could come on and make a difference if we needed them too. That was the hope when we made the subs that they could come on and give us that extra energy and brightness. We weren’t really as sharp as we have been lately. The accumulation of games, as I said, is a factor maybe and the freshness of Leicester of course has made them sharper than us today. Concerned by lack of energy at this stage of the season and also that some players haven’t had enough games in their legs as well – difficult mix for you to deal with? In think the international break now will hopefully give Donny and Paul chances to play and Anthony as well. They get a change of scenery, you get energy from that. The boys have been at Carrington training every day for a long, long time and that change of scenery will give you some energy. I think the break comes at a good time and we’ll be ready at Easter, don’t worry about that. You said you made changes because too many changes have played too many games – squad depth issue or bad run of injuries or mixture of both? I think we’re building a squad that can cope with it, but we’ve had six or seven injuries at the same point in the same positions to be fair, and that’s made some players play a lot. That’s something we have to get used to. If and when we are to be successful we have to handle this and of course hit a higher level than what we did today. That’s what we’re striving towards. I’ve been impressed, under these circumstances which are unprecedented. I don’t think anyone in the world or in England has experienced these times before and I’ve been impressed by my boys. They’ve been excellent and the run we’ve been on has been excellent. Unfortunately we just couldn’t find our normal selves tonight and sometimes that happens.