When he was asked about the Belgian’s omission, he replied: “This is fantastic because no one asks me about [Juan] Mata. You have spoken about Mata for three weeks. Now you’re asking about Kevin.
“You are impressed in the players who are not playing. He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and I tried to decide, by what they do on the pitch when they play and in training …
“This fellow knows me for nine years and that I make mistakes, but I try to be honest all the time. I was honest with Juan because of what he’s done in training and what he’s done in the game he played, and so he plays. With Kevin I didn’t like the match he played against Swindon, and I didn’t like the way he was training. But you only ask about the guys who were not selected. Thank you.”
Having said that, he turned over his chair and left the room.