Johan Djourou on avoiding a Champions League disaster and trophy ambition
Written by Renzo on November 25, 2010 4:00
Arsenal defender Johan Djourou believes it would be a “disaster” for the Gunners if they fail to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League.
The Swiss International explained how he cannot even think about such a disappointing scenario as he added how positive thinking should be adopted ahead of the last game of the Group against Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates.
Djourou, 23, also said how the Gunners will hopefully take full advantage of playing at home when they meet the Serbs but it will be a tough game, one not to underestimate when the two face each other on December 8.
Asked about winning trophies, the defender explained how winning a trophy is the main target of Arsenal and how they have enough quality to achieve their objectives.
The defeat against Braga came just days after the disappointing defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at home with Djourou archiving the week as a difficult one, concluding by saying how the players are already looking forward to this weekend’s game at Villa Park.
After Braga, he said:
If Arsenal do not go to the next stage of the Champions League then it is a disaster. That should not happen. I won’t even think that is not going to happen. We have to think positively. The Braga game was a negative but we have to think we’ll qualify.
I don’t think we are in trouble because we have Partizan at home but we know it is going to be a tough game and we have a job to do.
Still there are some positives. We kept our team shape well and we did not do things too quickly because they were behind the ball waiting for us. We played the Arsenal way but it did not pay this time.
We want to win a trophy. That is the main focus of the team. We have the quality and luckily we are not too far from the top. I feel we can definitely win a trophy this season.
It has been a difficult week, we have had two straight defeats but now we have to bounce back. And what better place than Villa? We have the quality to do it. Now it is how much we want it.
We are big enough to stand up for ourselves and be ready for Villa. The lucky thing in football is that you can always do better in the next game.