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Game #5667

Saturday, 13 May 2023

Attendance: 42,164

Won

Premier League

6th= (+2)

Tottenham Hotspur

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

An utterly dominant performance against a side also fighting for European places. The stuff of dreams for manager, players and fans alike. But the day is marred by highly questionable officiating on and off the pitch in the final minutes. Martรญnez first to the ball, Kane dives, penalty awarded on the pitch, therein follows a VAR review by two 'independents' who despite the clear evidence to the contrary instruct a second view on the monitor from Peter Bankes and to the incredulity of all around the decision is upheld. Only a clean sheet lost but it shouldn't be like this.

Aston Villa

2-1

Tottenham Hotspur

Assist(s) | Leon Bailey | 8' |

KEY MAN

John McGinn, spellbinding display run close by Dougie Luiz.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 8โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Jacob Ramsey, Assist by Leon Bailey
๐ŸŸจ | 23โ€™ Booking, John McGinn, Bad Foul
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Boubacar Kamara
๐Ÿ” | 68โ€™ Sub off, Emiliano Buendรญa, Sub on, Jhon Durรกn
โšฝ | 72โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Douglas Luiz
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 85โ€™ VAR and Peter Bankes contrive to award a penalty to Spurs despite Emiliano Martรญnez deflecting the ball and Harry Kane both offside & diving
๐ŸŸจ | 89โ€™ Booking, Ashley Young, Remonstrating
๐Ÿฅ… | 90โ€™ Goal, 2-1, (Tottenham Hotspur, pen), Harry Kane
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+1 Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Matty Cash
๐Ÿ’ฅ | Referee Peter Bankes plays 8 minutes injury time
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

ON THIS DAY

Villa hit their highest top flight points haul since 2009-10 under Martin O'Neill with two games left to play.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: โŒ
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Tottenham Hotspur

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2007-08

FIXTURE HISTORY

Tottenham Hotspur

Previous 5 vs. Spurs: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #39 |
League Game | #36 |
Manager Game | #25 |
Saturday, 13 May 2023
Attendance | 42,164 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Peter Bankes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 2014-
Kick off: 3.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 1-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Peter Bankes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 2014- ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 6 Aug 22, Villa 0-2 Bournemouth (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Nick Greenhalgh.
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor.
VAR: Jarred Gillett.
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood.

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Tottenham Hotspur

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Peter Bankes

TEAM NEWS

Leon Bailey comes in for Bertrand Traorรฉ whilst Matty Cash returns to the bench after eight games out with injury but there is no place for Philippe Coutinho who is dropped from the squad by Unai Emery.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 28.15 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.29 |
Squad Average Age: | 27.72 |
Subs Average Age: | 22.90 |
Oldest Starter: W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.87 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.97 |
Oldest Squad Player: W Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 37.87 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.43 |
Oldest Substitute: RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 25.78 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.43 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Ryan Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (Caretaker)

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |

Tottenham Hotspur

GK Fraser Forster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Cristian Romero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Pedro Porro | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
RB Emerson Royal | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Oliver Skipp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Pierre-Emile Hรธjbjerg | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
W Heung-min Son | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Richarlison | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Harry Kane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 68โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™+1 |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Yves Bissouma | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Oliver Skipp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Dejan Kulusevski | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | for CF Richarlison | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 62โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Arnaut Danjuma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for RB Pedro Porro | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 81โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Ivan Perisic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | for LB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 89โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Brandon Austin | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Davinson Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Pape Matar Sarr | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ |
M Matthew Craig | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Lucas Moura | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ171.57m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ28.83m
Team Cost: ยฃ200.40m
Squad Cost: ยฃ288.51m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/20
Homegrown: 1/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ19.58m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ12.00m |
RB Ashley Young | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.90m |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ13.50m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ34.56m |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ16.56m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ27.72m |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ14.65m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ165.59m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 4/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ25.64m
Team Cost: ยฃ191.23m
Squad Cost: ยฃ268.63m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/20
Homegrown: 4/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Fraser Forster | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
GK Brandon Austin | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Youth |

RB Pedro Porro | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ39.34m |
RB Emerson Royal | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ22.50m |
LB Ben Davies | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.11m |

CB Davinson Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ37.80m |
CB Cristian Romero | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

M Yves Bissouma | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ25.64m |
M Pierre-Emile Hรธjbjerg | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ14.94m |
M Pape Matar Sarr | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ | ยฃ14.77m |
M Oliver Skipp | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Matthew Craig | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Ivan Perisic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

W Heung-min Son | ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
W Lucas Moura | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ24.83m |
W Dejan Kulusevski | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | Loan |
W Arnaut Danjuma | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Loan |

CF Richarlison | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ50.70m |
CF Harry Kane | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 1 |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Achilles

Unregistered | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out On Loan | 12 |
M Finn Azaz | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CF Wesley | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesbrough
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Strasbourg
CF Louie Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Salford City
M Aaron Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Middlesbrough
M Marvelous Nakamba | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | Luton Town
CB Lamare Bogarde | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Bristol Rovers

Not Selected | 1 |
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 49%
Possession A | 51%
Shots F | 8
Shots A | 5
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 2
Corners F | 8
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

โ€œIf we can play here against Brighton [on the final day of the season] with the opportunity of getting into Europe, it is my dream.โ€

Unai Emery.


โ€œWe needed this win today. The atmosphere was electric and we made a fast start in both halves. We were unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet.

โ€œThe boss is spot on nine times out of 10. He said the danger would be their counter-attacks with their pace and I think we dealt with that well today.

โ€œWhen [Unai Emery] came in, we just clicked. As the weeks have gone on, weโ€™ve got stronger. Everyone has built into his ideas. We need to continue this form.

โ€œI donโ€™t know. This league is so tough. A few weeks ago we were in pole position to get a [European] spot then we lost a few games. If we do it, it will be a really successful season.โ€

Jacob Ramsey.


โ€œWe connected with them and they connected with us. When we are winning 2-0 we were thinking of scoring another goal. The result is a very good result. Itโ€™s still very difficult to get a European position but we can be excited and motivated.

โ€œThe first half was very good. We controlled the game very well and tried to get into the attacking third. We got chances. We scored one goal and had another three or four chances to score. They didnโ€™t really get out into our box. We were getting tired in the second half. We played a very good second half, not like the first, but very good. Thatโ€™s what we want to create and build here with the club.

โ€œWe are taking some risks but the players are feeling comfortable. I want to achieve the excellence we need defensively. Itโ€™s not always keeping it. We will work to try to be it. Now the team is doing very well. We have to be very focused to try to improve and be close to excellence.

โ€œIt will still be very difficult. Today was very important to keep the chance as much as we can to get it. It is not in our hands. But we are finishing today with the same points as Tottenham. We will try to be motivated to play as much with that possibility of being there.โ€

Unai Emery.


โ€œWe want to play in the Europa League. Itโ€™s a goal so thatโ€™s important today.

โ€œThe atmosphere is crazy. Iโ€™m so happy to be here and play in Villa Park.

โ€œIt is a dream. We are training hard every day for this objective. We will try to keep this position.

โ€œWe believe in [Unai Emery] and weโ€™re so happy with him

Douglas Luiz.


โ€We can be happy and excited about our position. We have to play Liverpool away and here against Brighton, and we will try and and get a chance to play in Europe.

โ€œOverall, I am so, so proud of the work and connection here with our supporters. Weโ€™ve played here the last six matches and won.

โ€œBut we have to be very demanding and the first half we played very well. The second half we were maybe a little bit tired.

โ€œFor me, it wasnโ€™t a penalty because I think the goalkeeper touched the ball.โ€

Unai Emery.


I think we played at a high level, the first half better than the second. We kept our identity in the ball possession. We created chances and we have to work thinking that is the way we want to build here with the team. To be consistent and focused in 90 minutes is not easy. We were playing against a good team, a team ahead of us in the table. They played a little bit better but, in the end, we deserved to win. That is the way we want to create, to connect with the supporters and get their energy. This is the sixth game we win in a row here. Itโ€™s now important to keep motivated because it gives us opportunities to get to Europe.

โ€œItโ€™s very important, the supporters. They are travelling away every match, 3,000, 4,000 supporters. And here at home there are 42,000 supporters behind us trying to give us energy. We have the responsibility to give them one idea, one styleโ€ฆ emotions and then try to win.

โ€œWhen we were playing some matches not very well and not controlling like we are now, the supporters were supporting us. When we lost against Arsenal and Leicester, the supporters were there. When we are winning, they are more excited.

โ€œFirst, itโ€™s to try and be competitive and to adapt quickly in the idea and the style we want to create to build here. Then itโ€™s how we face each opponent. At the beginning we were very good away from home. It was amazing. The last two matches we lost, we drew in Brentford and weโ€™re still being less competitive away and have taken less points than before.

โ€œAt home is completely different. We started with a little bit of doubt. After beating Manchester United we lost to Liverpool, drew against Wolves, we lost against Leicester and Arsenal but after those matches, I really changed something in my mind first then tried to change with the players. It wasnโ€™t the way I wanted to do.

โ€œThe last six games have been completely different. Today as well: keep being different. The first half, I was very, very happy. The second half was very difficult to keep the performance. My objective in the next match is to be consistent for 90 minutes more. The players are showing their high commitment. Weโ€™re connecting with our supporters. We will keep trying to get in each step ahead.

โ€œWhen I arrived here no, clearly. It was a process. I told the players it was not the objective this year to go to Europe. But if we can have chances to go there we will try to get it. If we donโ€™t, OK, itโ€™s not a failure. Itโ€™s a process. Our success is being progressively going up and our demands are very high. We need to improve every day

โ€œNow, our challenge is coming again next week against Liverpool away because away weโ€™re not as competitive as we were before. We are going to work strongly this week trying to get the opportunity to get a European position.

โ€œLeon Bailey played 45 minutes against Wolves. Heโ€™s been injured and today he played very well. He assisted to Jacob for the first goal. I think heโ€™s a very committed now to help us again. We needed him and weโ€™ll need him now.

โ€œI believe in them. We have to create a small family inside being demanding. We need to improve every day and practice a lot. Then we need to build a strong mentality, to win, trying to take here our life focusing on football.

โ€œJohn McGinn had a massive game. Heโ€™s very good every day, his commitment, heโ€™s smiling every day and works every day with a really good spirit. Then his qualities adding in different positions is always being good for the team. Heโ€™s very competitive in every position and now playing as a No.8, heโ€™s playing very well. I changed his position and he did it.

โ€œWhen I analysed him before I came here I watched him, qualities, to add in my idea here with him. Progressively, the first match he started on the bench against Manchester United but he showed me his commitment, his capacity and heโ€™s a very important player for us.โ€

Unai Emery.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 13 May 2023

**Unai Emery says it is his โ€œdreamโ€ for Aston Villa to go into their final match of the season with a chance of qualifying for Europe after victory over Tottenham continued their transformation from relegation strugglers to continental contenders.**

Villa climbed to seventh after defeating Tottenham, their sixth consecutive home league win which moved them level on 57 points with their sixth-placed opponents.

Aston Villa were 19th in the table after losing four of their first five Premier League games of the season.

With two matches left - at Liverpool on 20 May and at home to Brighton on the final day eight days later - they have a chance of qualifying for Europe for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

โ€œIf we can play here against Brighton [on the final day of the season] with the opportunity of getting into Europe, it is my dream,โ€ said Emery.

โ€œWe can be happy and excited about our position.โ€

Brighton, in eighth spot, are two points behind Villa with three games in hand.

But Villa have made impressive progress under Emery, who said he did not think Europe was achievable when he officially took charge on 1 November, when Villa were one point above the relegation zone after Steven Gerrard was sacked.

โ€œNo, it was a process, but I told the players if we can have chances to go there we are going to try to get it,โ€ added the former Arsenal boss. โ€œIf we didnโ€™t get it, itโ€™s not a fail. Itโ€™s a process.โ€

Villa took control against Tottenham through Jacob Ramseyโ€™s tidy eighth-minute finish which was followed by Douglas Luizโ€™s free-kick.

Spurs, who can no longer finish in a Champions League place, were flat and uninspiring, although Harry Kane did score a consolation from the penalty spot after he was fouled by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

Tottenham failed to register a single attempt on goal in the first half as Villa completed the double over their opponents for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Aston Villa trailed Tottenham by 14 points in the Premier League table as recently as 11 March, but their revival under Emery has been nothing short of remarkable.

Their 14th win in 23 Premier League games under Emery was thoroughly deserved, although it was not until Luizโ€™s lovely 72nd-minute finish from a free-kick that Villa could relax.

Villa have not played in Europe since going out of the Europa League play-off round to Rapid Vienna in 2010.

Under Emery, they have given themselves a great chance of returning to the continent after another assured performance in front of their own fans.

Martinez produced a fine save to deny Kane a second-half equaliser before he was beaten by the Tottenham captain from the spot.

Even that, however, failed to dampen the full-time celebrations as Villa took a huge stride towards qualifying for Europe.

โ€œWe want to connect with our supporters, get the energy and give them our energy, and this is the sixth win in a row here,โ€ said Emery.

Spurs offered little in terms of an attacking threat before Kaneโ€™s consolation from the penalty spot.

Son Heung-min was frustrated by the offside flag, including deep into stoppage time when the South Korea forward thought he had equalised, while Richarlison managed just nine touches before he was substituted.

On a day of few positives for the visitors, substitute Yves Bissouma at least offered a midfield presence on his first appearance since 5 February.

Spurs, however, were disappointing and will finish outside the top four for the third time in four seasons - despite occupying a Champions League spot for the majority of the season.

With no Champions League football to look forward to, will Kane be around when the next permanent manager is appointed?

Kane has 12 months left on his contract at the end of the season, but questions will continue to be asked about his future after a chaotic season on and off the pitch at Tottenham.

Despite this defeat, interim boss Ryan Mason still hopes to deliver a Europa League place.

โ€œWe understand today was a big game [in terms of qualifying for Europe] and Iโ€™m very disappointed with the outcome,โ€ said Mason.

โ€œBut we do have two games to put it right. Hopefully we can respond well and put it right.โ€