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“I always say that the tight-knit nature of our group is why did win the Europa League — the friendship between all of us. I know so many people in football, I’ve spoken to many of them this summer, and they’ve all laughed and said that they’d never before seen the image of five players on crutches going onto the pitch and celebrating winning a trophy. It was a first for me, too. We lost five important players at crucial moments of the season, we were missing players, we had to play every two days, we fought to finish in the top four of the Premier League, we had games in hand because of our cup successes, so we had to play matches later. We did it because we are a fantastic group. Maybe not the best squad in the world, maybe not a squad full of stars, but a squad full of friends, of good and nice people. We went all out for the Europa League and in that match, the final, we were playing for the last trophy the club had never won, plus Champions League qualification. We were playing for so many things that night, so we had reasons to be really happy.”