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Lamouchi on Arsenal cup clash

23 September 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is ready for the big challenge that awaits at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal tomorrow night.

Forest head to London for the Carabao Cup third-round tie and Lamouchi believes his players will relish the big occasion.

He said: “It is a big challenge against a big club in the big six in the Premier League. It is a nice stadium, a fantastic atmosphere with our fans there. Nearly 10,000 there on a Tuesday night which is amazing and it will be nice for us to play this game.

“The players know this and it will be a big challenge for them. But this is our job, we are lucky. The players would prefer to play Arsenal, they prefer a big challenge.”

Lamouchi hinted that he may make some changes to the team for the clash with The Gunners, but whoever he puts in the starting 11 will be ready and willing to fight for the badge.

“It is not difficult for me,” he said. “It is easy as I want to put out the best 11 to try to disturb them a little bit and to make the game difficult for them. We know that we don’t have chance to win this competition, we play against a strong team but when you are at Forest, you have to defend your chance, even if it is a half chance, and we must do our best. That is what I want from my players.

“The priority for me is very clear but we are focused right now on the Carabao Cup. I don’t want to make a lot of people disappointed with maybe a big loss or a humiliation, we just want to put the best team for the competition, for this game against a big club.

“We must respect the fans, the club as we are a big club also, and we want to do our best and put in the best performance. The result, I do not know, but they have top players, a big club with a nice stadium and they have more chance than us to win, for sure. But we want to try and to enjoy tomorrow night.”

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