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Pre-match report


Sahin sees positives and negatives

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Speaking in the wake of the 3-1 defeat by Tottenham, Nuri Sahin said there were "many things to take" from the match. "Some are positive, and some we need to work on," he explained.


Nuri Sahin on the result:
"It was a very intense match that will have been an interesting spectacle for the neutral. There were lots of chances at both ends. We conceded two stupid goals."

...on the balance of play:
"We performed well in the opening half. In the second half in particular, Tottenham looked to hit us on the break and they countered well. Our goal was disallowed and then they went 3-1 ahead – it was difficult after that."

...on the tussle with Kane before Spurs went 2-1 up:
"I wanted to draw a foul there because the contact was there and I was sure that the referee would intervene. I don't know why he didn't."

...on what can be taken from the game:
"We had a lot of chances to score and equalised fairly at 2-2. Then it would have been a different game. We can take a lot from this game – some are positive, and there are some we need to work on. We had a lot of possession against an opponent capable of beating you when you go away from home." (br)