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We have to be strong - William

Posted on 6 April 2011  - 12:00

William Gallas quickly turned his attention to Saturday's vital Premier League clash against Stoke after Tuesday’s loss at Real Madrid in the Champions League.

We have to be strong - William

William Gallas quickly turned his attention to Saturday's vital Premier League clash against Stoke after Tuesday’s loss at Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The defender recovered from a knee problem to start at the Bernabeu but was left devastated after the 4-0 loss in the quarter-final, first leg.

The focus is now back on the Premier League and our attempt to finish in the top four again and therefore qualify for the Champions League again via the league.

We go into the weekend’s fixtures in fifth place, five points behind Chelsea in fourth and six adrift of City with a game in hand.

“It was a bad night but we have to be strong in our heads,” said William. “We have to play against Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday and that game is very important.

"We have to try to win that game and try to qualify for the Champions League again next season. We have to try to win every game.”

With all his years at the top level, William was still left reeling by the 4-0 loss – admitting that it was one of the worst nights of his career.

“It’s difficult to lose 4-0, difficult to accept,” he said. “We knew it would be difficult to play Real Madrid but it was even more difficult when we had a player sent off after only 15 minutes.

“We tried so hard but we couldn’t get the reaction. Real Madrid played well, they defended well and I’m not surprised, I know Jose Mourinho and I knew it would be difficult, but not conceding four goals.”

As for the second leg on Wednesday week, April 13, William insisted that the team would do everything to win in front of our fans at the Lane.

“We’re professionals and we have to try and win for our fans. We will do our best to win.”