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Leno: We made it unnecessarily hard for ourselves

by Koolkola

Bernd Leno told the press about how quiet the players were after the 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos.

He pointed out that it was an unnecessary stress and that the team should forget about winning the trophy if they play like that.

We advanced after winning 3-2 on aggregate, but like Arteta, the performance also angered the shot stopper.

“I think we suffered today and it was not necessary,” Leno told Arsenal.com. 

“In the first 15 or 20 minutes we controlled the game but then we’ve made too many easy mistakes and in the second half we conceded the goal and then everybody was nervous.

We made it hard for ourselves and, like I said, it was not necessary.

“In the dressing room, it was quiet because everybody knows that it was not a good performance from us. We cannot change it anymore but the positive thing is that it was a warning.

“We need to be 100 per cent every game. If we play like today then we won’t reach anything this season.”

“The Europa League is very important for us,” added Leno. “This is probably the closest way to go to the Champions League and also to win a big European trophy so we need to step up.

“We need to have the motivation to win every game, cut out the easy mistakes and go through to the final and hopefully have a big final at the end of the season.”

We are currently 10th in the league with 10 games left, and winning the Europa League seem to be the most possible path for a return to Europe next season.

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