Unai Emery: ‘I prefer to rotate for the Southampton match’

Speaking to the media following the victory over BATE Borisov, Unai Emery stressed the importance of the Premier League, finding consistency away from home, and rotating players for the Southampton match.

Here’s what he had to say:

What have you learned about your team since December?
“For us, the Premier League is the first competition. We are, at the moment, fighting with Manchester United and with Chelsea in the same position and Sunday is a big challenge against Southampton.

“I want to find here, with our supporters, this regularity every match and with a big performance and our development. Sunday is very important. We are going to play after three days, and we play again on Wednesday, and we are going to need every player. We need every player to be focused for us to help and to give their all in our matches.”

How important is finding a consistent style?
“We want to create intensity very much. At home, the demand is very high on the players to push and to carry on for 90 minutes and to go hard for 90 minutes. [Against BATE Borisov] we did that, but each match is a new chapter, a new challenge, and Sunday, I prefer to change some players if I know they are going to give us this intensity.

“We have players who didn’t play [against BATE] and they can help us on Sunday.”

How important is that you play exciting football?
“We need to create good feedback with our supporters and a good atmosphere [at the Emirates] and give them our energy and our quality – both are very important. Quality, energy and intensity – I want to develop with these in our team. We are doing more at home than we are away but keeping consistency with this team is my target.”


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