On the back of the historic FA Cup win against Wolves last weekend, Javi Gracia said his side are now ready to compete in their seven remaining “finals”.
In Friday’s (April 12) press conference, Gracia described his players as “good professionals” and said his team has had a good amount of time to prepare for Mondays clash against Arsenal.
He said: “The players had three days off and after the three days, I think they were ready to prepare for the next game. I think it is good for us to have more time to recover and prepare for the game.
“If you have good professionals and the players we have, I think it is easy because they know the next games are important for us.
“We don’t have one final, we have seven finals to play and all of them are focussed.”
Gracia also outlined the need for his side to be more demanding than ever to finish the Premier League off strong, not just focus on the final.
He said: “We have to be more demanding than ever. Now we are going to show if we really are demanding, if we really are ambitious. At the moment, we don’t need the points, but we want to achieve something different in the Premier League as well.”
Monday’s clash against North London’s Arsenal will see Gracia face his good friend, Unai Emery, after the two played together at Real Sociedad.
Gracia was full of praise for the Arsenal boss, labelling him “one of the best coaches in the world”.
He said: “I think we have the same experience which has helped us for this moment. But I think we have had different roles as players and as coaches. But in my opinion, Unai is one of the best coaches in the world, not just in England.”
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