Wenger: 'It was vital today and we still have lost'

Last updated : 07 February 2010 By Chris Parry

"You have to congratulate Chelsea. We did not get a demonstration of football but they were efficient and that is what made the difference.

"The first goal contributed to our defeat but apart from that we had great spirit and attitude. We could not get back to 2-1 and get them really wobbling. They defended very well. We were unlucky with one or two decisions from the referee but we had mountains of possession.

"We could not transform it into goals. We had 70% of possession today. We were always attacking but in a big game like that when you are 2-0 down, you demand too much.

"I am completely happy with the performance and spirit. We didn't turn-up against Manchester United but today we had the expected performance. We were completely dominant. I always had the feeling we could come back but you have to give Chelsea credit. They are very experienced at the back.

"We tried very hard and the team gave absolutely everything and sometimes when you lose, you have to acknowledge that as well."

"We are not in the best of positions but we will not give up. It is vital against Liverpool but it was vital today and we still have lost."