Another game at Wembley where you’ve been beaten on the counter attack – are you frustrated?
Not frustrated. I’m disappointed because I thought the performance was good. I am happy with the performance of the team. We were the team that created the most chances. I think they were more clinical in front of goal. They didn’t have many shots but they scored twice. For us, it’s difficult to stop.
Difficult to get Eriksen into the game?
I think you always need to analyse and try change things. I tried to keep working. For me, today there is nothing to say about the performance or tactics. We were better than Chelsea. It’s very clear that the idea of Chelsea was to contain us with Morata and Willian up top.
I am very happy. I think it was a little bit unlucky. If don’t have sometimes this bit of luck then sometimes it’s difficult to win. But I am so happy. I am only disappointed. I’m not upset or unhappy about today.
If you lose in that way, then you go again and try to prepare the team for the next game against Burnley.
People will talk about the Wembley effect – does that affect the players?
No, that doesn’t affect me. But I understand why we need to talk about it. But the reason we lose the game is not that. I think the team played really well. It’s not fair to blame Wembley. For me it’s one of the best places in the world, it’s where you want to play football.
The pitch size is different to White Hart Lane, is that a problem?
(Laughs) Please we need to stop. If you watch the game again, and you love and watch football, you will see that Wembley was not the problem or the size of the pitch. I think we played better and created chances but we struggled to score.
But that is football. Sometimes you have to accept that. The opportunities we created we didn’t score. That’s football, but the most important thing for me is the performance. It’s early in the league, in the season. There’s a lot of games to play. Be sure that if we play that way we will win a lot of games in the future.
You said Chelsea played counter-attacking football, should the champions of England do that?
No, only I tried to explain how the game was today. Today, they played differently to how they normally play. It’s true that they tried to play deeper and try to get the ball up to Morata and Willian.
But I’m so pleased with our performance but of course disappointed with the result. But I am very pleased with the players. I am happy that they have been working hard since the beginning of pre-season and I think the performance was good.
Kieran Trippier looked to have an injury when he came off?
I think it’s not a big issue. Only in that moment he asked to leave the pitch and with only a few minutes we decided to change it and bring Vincent on.
Did you see enough character in your players to suggest a title chase is on again?
Yes, of course, I think we are in a position that is much better than how we started last season. The team is one step higher than it was last season. It’s true that it’s disappointing that we lost our first home game, but the character was there.