AVB: Delighted with win at Everton and rightly so!

A delighted AVB spoke to after the game and praised the commitment of his players who had to face another long period of the...

A delighted AVB spoke to after the game and praised the commitment of his players who had to face another long period of the game with ten against eleven men. In what I believe is a massive win for us tonight, AVB said:
"I think we were very committed, showed strength of character and resilience once again. We went down to 10 men unfortunately once again and made things even more difficult but were able to triumph under difficulty. This is extremely good signs for us and shows the squad is committed with the trophies.

We got one of the most difficult draws, Everton away after a dramatic and motivational win at Fulham for them, and with one of their strongest sides showing they wanted to go through.

To be fair we had good chances to kill off the game, couldn't find it, got the first goal and had good chances. Then we had to fight because Everton had quality chances as well, we had 10 men and were as compact as possible but Everton had the desire and motivation and were on top, and we had to hold on until extra time arrived.

We managed to get things right in possession, and what satisfies me is that the players' talent comes out in this situation and they were able to find excellent positions with 10 men. Then when the numbers got even they found better spaces and eventually we got the goal we wanted.

We were able to not only play good football but again to show commitment and desire and physical effort because it's again a game of 120 minutes after a game with nine men and it shows we are progressing as a team and it's very, very gratifying for everybody."
He is right, we have been really impressive with the way we played at QPR with nine men and once again tonight. Some "pundits" say that to play against 10 men at times is more dangerous that with 11 but for me it's easier as the side that has just had a player sent off usually sits back and looks for something on the counter attack.

OK tonight we did play like that as Everton came at us, but when we did have the ball, we still got forward and created plenty of chances once again.

We really have improved as individuals and as a unit under AVB and I really am looking forward to Saturday against the Arsenal who themselves have found some form of late.

Game by game Chelsea impress me which is different to last season. Let's hope it continues on Saturday. The positive thing to remember in all this is that Cole, Terry, Meireles, Mata and Torres will all be fresh now after not being involved tonight.

For now, AVB is right, our desire and commitment to the cause tonight was unquestionable!


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