How do you rationalise a match you didn’t think should’ve been played but one you’ve dropped important points in?
“The circumstances are the circumstances, I gave my opinion many times and in the end, you try to focus.
“Of course, there was a lot of noise going on in the last 24 hours. Is this the perfect environment to prepare for a match? No, for sure not. We focussed late, we did a late and short meeting and we tried to do our best.”
“We struggled in the first half after a very strong start in the first five minutes, to adapt to Wolves’ shape and we were a bit late in all the challenges. The reaction in the second half was very, very good and was a good performance.
“A 0-0 at Wolves…we have another clean sheet so a lot of positive things. It is hard to create chances, it was clear before the game that it is hard to score goals here, this is clear. So I think to analyse this game isolated and purely this game, I am absolutely OK.
“We could have won it with a bit of luck, here and there a bit more quality, a shot or more or little situations on our side but I am very happy with how we played in the second half.”
What happens next do you think with the matches coming up, is the situation you have no idea?
“I’ve got no idea. We had an idea yesterday evening what is going to happen [a postponement] but that did not happen. So we have no idea. We will continue to do tests on a daily basis and go to training like we did.
“We as a club have been very, very responsible. We left Kai (Havertz) out against Everton, although we needed him badly, badly in his position, with a negative test because he had symptoms. We left Jorginho out today and it’s not even clear until now if he’s positive or negative. So we are very responsible with it.
“There has been a lot in the last 24 hours and now we will sit in a bus for three hours together and tomorrow we will do training. We will be tested before and then we will wait for the result.”
Do you think this has damaged the integrity of the competition?
“The points we dropped today – did Manchester City win? Ok, predictable – the points that hurt are the points we lost at home to Man United, Burnley and Everton. These are the six points that hurt. Not today.
“I cannot and will not comment on any other decision that is made on other games being postponed or not being postponed. We never compared ourselves to any other situation, we are just concerned about the safety of other players.
“The players were concerned about their health because we had several positive covid tests in consecutive days. That was it. From here we go.”
Is it seven positives among players and staff or just players?
“It’s seven players plus staff.”
How much is it in total?
I don’t know. There are some numbers in staff, of course, and they are not at the training ground.”
Is the training ground closed?
“We played our game so [why should the training ground be closed]. We have the next game on Wednesday so we can’t close it for the next two days. How do we close it or we have these days without training?
“I understand the decision. They say, look, they have 14 players but if you look a bit more in detail. You see Trevoh Chalobah with two training sessions, Mateo Kovacic, one training session, you see N’Golo Kante has one training session. We put a huge health and safety risk physically and not only from Covid. This was the decision and of course, that’s it.”
What are the injuries suffered by Trevoh Chalobah and Hakim Ziyech and are you concerned they may not be ready for Brentford?
“Yeah, this would be funny. It’s what I mean: we can survive a game but we will pay the price, at some point we will pay the price for sure. Maybe we already do it with all our midfielders.
“Trevoh, hopefully, it is just painful. At the moment, it is very painful. We still have hopes that it is not serious, but we need to wait for further examination.
“For Hakim, I don’t think it’s bad. He got hit on his nerve on the calf. It was tight. He was limping and we had to take him off.”