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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 16 hours ago
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Mar 30, 2011

Lehmann taking positives from return

Jens Lehmann said he was treating his comeback for Arsenal reserves as a learning experience after an error-strewn performance.

Wenger undecided on 'keeper
Lehmann suffers in reserves debut

Arsene Wenger had suggested he was considering naming Lehmann, 41, in his starting line-up for Saturday's game at home to Blackburn as a result of Manuel Almunia's showing in the 2-2 draw with West Brom. Lehmann, though, made a string of mistakes in a 2-1 defeat for the reserves against Wigan on Monday.

Nonetheless, having retired at the end of the 2009-10 season, Lehmann feels playing in a match was important and that he will learn from the experience.

"It was very beneficial for me to play a game," he told the club's official website. "Physically I felt well because I've trained hard during the last few weeks.

"I was okay before [I joined] but it's different when you train with the team for three hours. I felt that quite a lot last weekend, but now I have recovered a little bit and I felt quite fresh today.

"It was good. I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, we lost so I'm not really happy. It is always good to learn a little bit what I could have done better.

"There are some situations that you can't play in a training game because in a real game there is a referee, linesmen and everything has to fit together to create situations like the game itself. It was a good experience."

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