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Jens Lehmann cannot be accused of lacking confidence. How about this: "I know that, where my skills are concerned, I can do everything. I am a good shot-stopper, I am good on crosses and I can play the ball. There are always things to improve but I can't say there is any weakness."

But anyone who points out the occasional lapse - such as in the Champions League quarter-final at Highbury when he failed to deal with a Claude Makelele shot that led to Frank Lampard's equaliser - gets short shrift from the German.

He said: "I have to accept there are people who don't have a clue about football. They asked me about 'my mistake' after the game and that proves they do not know about highlevel football. I know when a goal is my responsibility and when I have been at fault and when I have been unlucky. I can tell the difference.

"This season at Leeds, I hit the ball too late and Mark Viduka scored. I also made a mistake in Kiev in the Champions League. But in the two European games against Chelsea, I was unlucky twice.

"At Highbury, I just didn't see the ball. There were players in front of me and I just made a reaction save. Normally, when a shot comes from 30 yards, I catch the ball. But I didn't see it until it was 10 yards away. That is where I was unlucky.

"But it is not a problem if people blame me for every goal we have let in. I know inside myself when I have done something wrong and when I haven't. This is what happens when you play in such a good team - and I have never played in a team that have played as well as this Arsenal team. But because of that I have to make one save in 90 minutes, maybe two. When I don't do it, I can be blamed. I have to live with bigger criticism."

If the 34-year-old, signed from Borussia Dortmund last July, is unnerved by reports Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is lining up a close-season replacement for him, he doesn't show it.

"I have to be one of the best to play at Arsenal," he said. "We are capable of winning the championship because we have the best team and the best players.

"What did not help us in the last few weeks was the amount of highquality games we had to play - Manchester United twice, Chelsea twice, Liverpool and Newcastle. I do not think any other English team has had a programme like that. We are very focused on the championship and now we are going to show we are the best team."

Lehmann has let himself down on occasions this season with his fiery temperament - for example, when he threw the ball at Kevin Phillips of Southampton and by shoving Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in the FA Cup semi-final. But he defends his actions, and believes Ronaldo waited "for me to push him".

He added: "He was looking at the referee and he was cheating. But that's not a big deal. Of course there is tension when you play but when somebody tries to attack me, I go back. I have to defeat him. Football is like a battle. I don't say I have the best behaviour on the pitch but I have improved. If the referees protect me, I won't have a problem.

"Sometimes they haven't protected me and so I have to tell them. And if they don't see it, I have to have a battle with the striker to protect myself. But I have never injured anybody in my life."
 

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he's right about that Makelele shot,even Peter Schmeichel said he saw it too late on the radio.

he could have done better with the Bridge one though,although many players can be blamed for that 'soft' goal.
 

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Vieira99 said:

Lehmann has let himself down on occasions this season with his fiery temperament - for example, when he threw the ball at Kevin Phillips of Southampton and by shoving Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in the FA Cup semi-final. But he defends his actions, and believes Ronaldo waited "for me to push him".

He added: "He was looking at the referee and he was cheating. But that's not a big deal. Of course there is tension when you play but when somebody tries to attack me, I go back. I have to defeat him. Football is like a battle. I don't say I have the best behaviour on the pitch but I have improved. If the referees protect me, I won't have a problem.

"Sometimes they haven't protected me and so I have to tell them. And if they don't see it, I have to have a battle with the striker to protect myself. But I have never injured anybody in my life."
He's a complete knob.


Ronaldo, who was 15 yards away, "waited" for him to run out of his box and push him? And he was cheating? It was a bloody goal kick and he was getting the ball. Nutter.

And all this rubbish about the referees not protecting him as well, he's been saying it for the whole season. He's a big fairy, he doesn't think that anyone should dare challenge him for the ball.

Average enough goalkeeper, with shocking kicking. But he's arrogant and seems more than a bit mental.

Viv Wright has nothing on him. ;)
 

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well yes,we all know he's completely mental,but he's harmless mental. ;)

he's nutty without being malicious.

him pushing Ronaldo over has got to be one of the funniest moments of the year. :D
 

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Jern Lizardhous said:
well yes,we all know he's completely mental,but he's harmless mental. ;)

he's nutty without being malicious.

him pushing Ronaldo over has got to be one of the funniest moments of the year. :D
yes i would want to bash that little girl up too. his to girly for football. argh i cant take it. keano should teach him some lessons to toughen up.
 
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