Hatem Ben Arfa was frustrated by the scenario of the Rennes draw (3-3), this Thursday against Betis Sevilla, in the first knockout stage of the Europa League. But he is convinced that his team can turn the tide.
"Is Betis' third goal difficult to digest in the 90th?
It is a disappointment, but there is still a race and we will go to Seville to qualify. We made a very good start, we let them have doubts after they put down their game. It was a rather complicated scenario in the second half, we went back a lot and had a lot of possession, which made us mentally tired. They turned left … Then they put two goals on spades, which we would rather have avoided, but we still have all the chances.
How much do you estimate?
For me it is 50-50. We continue to draw, we know that we have the qualities to score. This third goal does not change everything, it is a story about the state of mind. If we were to come up with a 3-2, we could play. We know that we have to look for a result. It may be bad for the good, we will adapt to the situation.
It was hard not to suffer so much after the break?
It is true that we did not succeed in keeping the ball, going out, having time of possession, making these three four passes that put us in the opposite camp, it is that which hurt us and tired to get behind the ball to run. This is what we need to correct, but it is mainly that we have to be victors there, even to take 5-0. 3-3, it can be better than 3-2, the match is not over yet. We remain positive, not slaughtered.
How did you feel in this game?
Good. After that, what is complicated is when we do not have many balloons. Mentally it was a bit tired, but further, in the legs, I was fine. I had hoped we had more balls to provoke in their camp, it's pretty frustrating to stop hurting them, but I think it's possible. "
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