We will analyse the game soon, but for now, here are the player ratings:
Leno: 7, brave and quick of his line.
Tierney: 6, tough night but often left isolated. Amazing drive, though.
Luiz: 7, great leadership as per leading from the front. Missed his usual excellent organisational leadership, but for that we didn’t sit deep enough as a team.
Holding: 6.5, some good interceptions and headers but there was a poor relationship with Bellerin.
Bellerin: 6, stronger performance in last 15 minutes when shackles came off, but positionally not strong and bad link up with other players around him.
Elneny: 6.5, kept it tidy and did well against a strong Pool midfield.. Worked hard to support the attack.
Xhaka: 6.5, was well isolated by Pool and struggled to get his passing game going, but solid defence of our ‘D’ area.
AMN: 6.5, carried and passed the ball well and gave us time to breath. Should have left Tierney less isolated, though.
Auba: 6.5, well shackled by Pool and left Tierney isolated, but never gave up trying to get us a goal.
Laca: 7, got us the goal and some great runs. Great chance to level the game but keeper did well to read his intentions.
Willian: 6, was isolated as once again our right wing was not working.
Ceballos: 7, added energy and drive to our midfield as we were prepared to take more risks. We were weaker defensively in midfield, which cost us in the end, but he produced some fine passes that could have led to a goal. Alas the gamble did not pay off.
Pepe: 5, two poor corners and seems to play without focus and belief.
Eddie: 6, not enough time to make an impact.