Date: 5th March 2017 at 10:08pm
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin have both been giving their thoughts following disappointment against Liverpool at the weekend.

Heading to Anfield, but a very poor first half performance in particular helping the hosts to a three one victory on the day, Cech explained to the Official Site in his own post game press conference that with two weeks to prepare for the game, we simply weren’t aggressive enough from the off and the performance certainly wasn’t what you’d have expected from the side.

‘We had two weeks to prepare for the game. We knew they were fast on the counter-attack and that they like to press a lot, so we didn`t want to give them a chance to counter-attack. In the end it`s very disappointing. The two goals we conceded in the first half were when we were in position, behind the ball and not in immediate danger. They always managed to find the opening unfortunately, and that shouldn`t have happened because we should have been organised enough to prevent it. We were not at the level we should have been at in the first half, and it`s difficult to say why. Alexis came on in the second half and we played much better.’

Cech dismissed suggestions that the team were effected by the changes in the line up, pointing to the fact we have a squad of 25 players and everybody has to be ready to play their part when called up and the disappointment was ‘our squad is strong enough to cope’ and we simply didn’t on the day.

Cech also said that in terms of the game plan for Liverpool, tactically we approached the first and second half in the same manner.

‘Believe it or not, it was the same game plan in the first and second half, we just executed it better after the break. We were more aggressive in the second half, played with more purpose and we started winning the 50:50 battles. That was the biggest difference between the two halves. It`s disappointing when you lose a game, but it`s more disappointing when you look at the two goals you conceded and you were not in danger. We had enough players behind the ball but we left the player free and they found the opening. If they outplay you in the situation and you can`t do anything about it, then fine, but we were very organised and we conceded which shouldn`t happen. We paid the price for that in the second half because we came back, scored the goal we needed, but unfortunately couldn`t equalise.’

He ended by explaining.

‘We had a game plan and we had the players to execute the game plan. We didn`t have a game last week so we had time to prepare. Unfortunately in the first 45 minutes, we didn`t match their intensity. When you lose the 50:50 duels, you make it harder for yourselves. With the three points we would have still been in the chase for the title, but now I think we are too far away. I don`t think Chelsea will lose so many points, so now we need to concentrate on finishing as high as possible and qualifying for the Champions League.’

As for Bellerin in his own post game interviews, he was also frustrated with our slow start and he felt we could’ve done more from the off but also in the second period but that again fell down with the lack of chances created.

‘We`re very frustrated with how the game went. After the tough weeks we`ve had, the team should have gone onto the pitch, motivated and ready from the start. In the first half it didn`t feel like we were ready and then we went 2-0 down. We wanted to do everything. We got one goal back and had a chance to make it 2-2, but sometimes it`s too late. We just need to start the games better.’

He added.

‘We need to realise that it`s just not the way to go. We need to push harder, to start the games with a better attitude and just go for it because we showed that when we go for it and want something, we can do it. It doesn`t matter about the other team, when we have the ball and push hard, we can score goals. It`s up to us to start the games with that desire, that motivation, and then we can get good results.’

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