David Luiz felt we created enough on Sunday afternoon to warrant extra-time, but admitted Manchester City were much the better side in the first half at Wembley.
The Brazilian could do nothing to prevent City racing into a two-goal lead but played the long pass to lay on Demba Ba’s strike midway through the second half that gave us a way back into the game.
‘We created a lot of opportunities to score the second goal, so we were unlucky, but this is football,’ he said afterwards.
‘We were back in the game, and had chances to score. We showed our quality, but their goalkeeper did a great job.’
David Luiz felt fatigue following our trip to Moscow could have played a part in our sluggish first-half performance.
‘I feel there is a bit of tiredness in the team,’ he admitted. ‘When you don’t have the ball you can’t do things, so they controlled the first half, with some great players, but we were better in the second half after they scored the second goal. Then we controlled it and created opportunities.’
The defender was also asked about the tackle on him by Sergio Aguero, which appeared to be a two-footed lunge in front of both managers.
‘People said to me it was a bad tackle but I didn’t see it because it was in my back,’ David Luiz said. ‘I don’t like to speak about bad things. He needs to be honest with himself, he is a great player and scores great goals, makes a lot of people happy with his goals, and this is not his style. Sometimes people are angry for five seconds and do bad things, but I forgive him.’
We now look ahead to a busy period of league fixtures, where progress can be made in our quest to secure Champions League football, with Europa League action to follow next Thursday.
‘We have big games in the future we need to win and to be in the best position in the league and win the Europa league,’ said David Luiz. ‘We need to take positive things. Sunday was a great game, we controlled the second half and created a lot of opportunities, so we can be positive about the future.’