Every word Nuno said on Son, Dier, Bergwijn injury latest, Tanguy Ndombele and adding creativity

By Alasdair Gold

Can you give us the latest injury news?

I can tell you the players that did not travel. Son did not travel, Dier did not travel and Sessegnon did not travel. That's the team news.

Will those three be available for Sunday?

I cannot say. They are improving, day by day they are better, but alongside the South American players, we still have to assess.

And Steven Bergwijn?

Bergwijn is better, he travelled with us, he trained yesterday and today, he is much better.

What do you make of Rennes?

Tough team. We had a chance to see them, and now we’re going to prepare the meeting and pass on all the details we can to the players. But we expect a tough match. They’re a good team.

How do you go about the selection process and balance for a game like this with Chelsea in mind?

We focus on our own game. We focus on tomorrow, and we are ready. We’re prepared. It’s game by game. Each thing at a time. We have to focus on our match [today].

What did you learn from Saturday’s defeat?

That we need to compete better. That we must avoid and minimise mistakes. That it was a tough match that we didn’t perform well. That we have to react and play better tomorrow.

How have you gone about this week fixing the lack of creativity we saw on Saturday?

Training, training, spending as much time as we can on the training ground. Preparing the players, trying to find solutions and then give them the support and the confidence to compete and try to improve their performances. I don't know any other recipes for success. It's hard work. Hard work and the boys are doing it. They are realising that in football there are ups and downs and what's important is how you react to it.

Rennes have European experience, is this something you consider?

We looked at Rennes and analyse them as a team from the previous game and the game before. We know we are going to find a tough match, a tough team, one that is very aggressive on the pressing, playing at home, we know it is going to be harder. We also have a lot of experience in Europe. The past doesn't mean big things now, this is the present and we have to deal with the situation now and Rennes represent a tough, tough challenge for us and we have to raise up our standards.

Is the 'past means nothing' a message to your players?

It is a realisation that this is the truth. The past doesn't mean anything for us. What you did in football doesn't mean anything, you have to challenge yourself every day. This is a message for life.

Did they fall below the standards you set on Saturday?

I think everybody realises we didn’t perform as we wanted, and the first ones who realise this are ourselves. I think the best way to improve is when you arrive, analyse personally and are able to identify the things you need to do well. This is the first step to improvement.

It’s up to them then?

It’s up to us. All of us. We give the players our help to try to find solutions to perform better. That’s our job. And they have a responsibility to perform.

Is Tanguy Ndombele in contention to start?

All the players who travelled are ready to start, but I can’t tell you who because I haven’t even told them yet!


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