He [Partey] was really good. I wouldn’t like to talk about individuals because they all contributed a lot. It was really hard and it’s getting harder and harder to pick out the team but I know whoever I pick they are ready and giving absolutely everything and playing with a lot of courage. It doesn’t matter where we go, it’s a massive factor for me that they believe in our style of play.
There are many factors for that and obviously it’s not a coincidence. We have to change that dramatically and very quickly when we’re fighting against the top teams because we know that we need to have the consistency that is required at that level. This season we went to Anfield played them face to face, went to Etihad and didn’t deserve to lose the game but this time we’re winners.
He probably had added pressure because he knew how important that moment was. He took it really well and I’m really happy for him because he might not be scoring but he’s contributing to the team in many other ways.
It was really tough after the game against Leicester because I didn’t think we deserved that defeat, and after the game at the Etihad as well. I didn’t want them to doubt one bit of what we’re trying to do. I just asked them to show who we are and prepare the game to go and win. You could see that from the first minute with the aggression we showed. I’m really happy for them. 14 years is a long time and it’s one of our rivals.
No, because I know how tough this league is and you cannot compare it to any league in the world. We tried to bring certain characteristics in the profile of player want for our club. We want to minimise the risk by looking and making sure they’re going to contribute to what we want to do as a team.
I think he did one session. We didn’t expect him to come back so quickly to be fair. Credit to the medical staff and that’s the culture we’re trying to create. His determination and willingness to play at the limit, work hard and put himself on the line.