Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan says the side were caught out by the quality and timing of Chelsea’s goals in their 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud’s opener and impressive second-half strikes from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek secured the Blues all three points, and Ryan reflected on a frustrating night in west London.
He said, “If I was able to get something on them [two shots], then it would have been better than admiring them, but they’ve got quality players and if you give them time and space they can do that to you.
“I go into every game wanting to win and contributing to the side winning, but when you come up against a team like this, it’s well known we approach these games with less rein offensively.
“We set up a bit more defensively to try and keep ourselves in the game. The longer the game goes on, the rein loosens a bit, and we can get the freedom to go forward a bit more.
“Unfortunately we conceded a goal just before half-time and then just afterwards. They then got another one, and the game was dead and buried from then onwards.”
Ryan then looked ahead to Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, and highlighted the qualities needed to overcome Pep Guardiola’s men.
“We can do it with the defensive solidity that we’ve shown on numerous occasions in our time together. We’ll need to show ultimate levels of concentration, focus, willingness to defend and a bit of composure and quality up front to nab a goal.
“First and foremost, it’s about keeping a clean sheet, and then the worst-case scenario is the game ending a draw, then extra time and penalties. If we manage to do that and have that composure up front to sneak a goal, then it will go a long way to getting a victory.
“If I didn’t believe we can win games then I wouldn’t be a footballer. That’s why I’m in this business, I want to try and be as successful as I can and win as many trophies as I can.
“I’ll be going up there feeling confident in what we possess as a squad. If it’s our day, then I think we can get the result.”