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Sport Filippo Giovagnoli heaps praise on Dundalk after zero fouls at Arsenal

03:45  30 october  2020
03:45  30 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Manager takes his resurgent team to Arsenal in the Europa League two months after arriving as an unknown and unpopular choice.

Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli sets up his team to face Arsenal in the Europa League tonight. The League of Ireland side were narrowly beaten by Molde in Group B last week, but they are now gearing up for one of the biggest fixtures in their history. This will also be Arsenal 's first competitive

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Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli praised his side's gentlemanly conduct at Arsenal as the Irish side became the first team to not concede a foul in a Europa League match.

The Lilywhites were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the Gunners on Thursday night thanks to goals from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe but had an impeccable disciplinary record at the Emirates Stadium clash.

Italian interim boss Giovagnoli maintained that his side still fought hard during the game but chose not to use brute force to stop Arsenal from attacking them.

a person standing in front of a building: Filippo Giovagnoli described his team as 'polite' and 'gentlemen' in their 3-0 loss to Arsenal © Provided by Daily Mail Filippo Giovagnoli described his team as 'polite' and 'gentlemen' in their 3-0 loss to Arsenal a football player on a field: The Irish side became the first team in Europa League history not to concede a foul in a match © Provided by Daily Mail The Irish side became the first team in Europa League history not to concede a foul in a match

The Dundalk manager said after the game: 'Our team is so polite. They're such gentlemen.

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Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli says that if his side are to stand a chance against Arsenal , they will have to make the Premier League giants feel “uncomfortable”. How is it possible to run more than Arsenal ? “We just have to match their intensity for a part of the game and stay focused and play with

'They work hard and fight hard but won't use other things to stop the opponent.'


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The Irish side, who suffered their second Europa League defeat of the season on Thursday night, managed to hold the Gunners' attack off for 42 minutes but a goalkeeping error from Gary Rogers at a defensive corner allowed Nketiah to prod home.

The Gunners won with goals from Eddie Nketiah (left), Joe Willock (right) and Nicolas Pepe © Provided by Daily Mail The Gunners won with goals from Eddie Nketiah (left), Joe Willock (right) and Nicolas Pepe

Two minutes later, Arsenal doubled their advantage towards the end of the half as Willock finished a quick breakaway move from the Gunners by scoring high into the Dundalk net.

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Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli says that if his side are to stand a chance against Arsenal , they will have to make the Premier League giants feel “uncomfortable”. How is it possible to run more than Arsenal ? “We just have to match their intensity for a part of the game and stay focused and play with

Filippo Giovagnoli never managed at senior level prior to becoming Dundalk manager last month, absolutely unbelievable. They've done the League of Ireland proud tonight ⚽ Brian Gartland (CB): Captain, leader, legend. Good luck to Arsenal at set pieces while this fridge of a man is on the pitch.

Just seconds into the second-half, Pepe scored a fine curling effort into the top corner with his weaker right-foot to secure the match and the points for Mikel Arteta's side.

Giovagnoli was nearly not allowed to sit on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium due to not having the right UEFA coaching badges, but Europe's governing body granted the Italian permission to sit on the Dundalk bench in north London.

Mikel Arteta standing in front of a crowd: Giovagnoli (right) maintains his side still fought hard against Arsenal despite the lack of fouls © Provided by Daily Mail Giovagnoli (right) maintains his side still fought hard against Arsenal despite the lack of fouls

Before August, the Italian had never coached an adult team and was working as the director of coaching at the Metropolitan Oval Academy in the New York borough of Queens when he was surprisingly given the job for one of Ireland's biggest teams.

Speaking to Sportsmail before the Arsenal match Giovagnoli said: 'They were looking for something outside the box.Somebody strong to come and see the team with different eyes.

'The players appreciate the way we are judging them by what they do on the field and nothing else. I hope our story can be an example for everyone.'

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