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Game #5677

Thursday, 21 September 2023

Attendance: 27,801

Lost

Europa Conference League

Group E

Legia Warszawa

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

Marshall Jรณzef Piล‚sudski's Municipal Stadium of Legia Warsaw

A questionable team selection, three counter-attacks, three goals, three mistakes by Lucas Digne in a struggling defence, two gilt edge chances missed in the final five minutes. Simplistic and harsh but not inaccurate as to how Villa lost on their return to Europe. A real mess of a match.

Legia Warszawa

3-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | 6' |

KEY MAN

Lucas Digne, despite his fabulous strike to equalise, and after a strong start to the season, his defensive frailties were mercilessly exposed by a typical Eastern European counter-attack style. He was not alone.

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Clรฉment Lenglet
๐Ÿฅ… | 3โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Legia Warszawa), Pawel Wszolek
โšฝ | 6โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Jhon Durรกn, Assist by Nicolรฒ Zaniolo
๐Ÿฅ… | 26โ€™ Goal, 1-2, (Legia Warszawa), Ernest Muci
โšฝ | 38โ€™ Goal, 2-2, Lucas Digne
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+1 HT Legia Warszawa 2-2 Aston Villa
๐Ÿฅ… | 51โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Legia Warszawa), Ernest Muci
๐ŸŸจ | 53โ€™ Booking, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo for a bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Boubacar Kamara, Sub on, Douglas Luiz
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Moussa Diaby
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Jhon Durรกn, Sub on, Ollie Watkins
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Calum Chambers, Sub on, Matty Cash
๐Ÿ” | 67โ€™ Sub off, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey
๐ŸŸจ | 70โ€™ Booking, Moussa Diaby for a bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+6 HT Legia Warszawa 3-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Clรฉment Lenglet makes his Villa debut as Calum Chambers hits 30 appearances since joining the club in January 2022. Meanwhile, Leon Bailey celebrates his 60th appearance since his arrival in August 2021.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
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

Legia Warszawa

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
Polish League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Polish Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Polish League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2022-23

FIXTURE HISTORY

Legia Warszawa

Previous 5 vs. Legia: None
None
๐ŸŸฉ 30 November 2023, ECL, Villa 2-1 Legia, Villa Park

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #8 |
European Game | #3 |
Manager Game | #35 |
Thursday, 21 September 2023
Attendance | 27,801 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Vangelis Manouchos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | Argolida, 2016-
Kick off: 6.45pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 2-2
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 2-3
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Vangelis Manouchos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | Argolida, 2016-
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants:ย Konstantinos Nikolaidis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | Konstantinos Psarris | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
Fourth official:ย Anastasios Papapetrou | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
VAR:ย Agelos Evangelou | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |
Assistant VAR:ย Aristotelis Diamantopoulos | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Legia Warszawa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Vangelis Manouchos

TEAM NEWS

Changes afoot for Europe by Unai Emery but letโ€™s hope this is no Martin Oโ€™Neill style weakening, Clรฉment Lenglet comes in for his debut, Youri Tielemans and Nicolรฒ Zaniolo get their second starts as in-form Jhon Durรกn replaces Ollie Watkins up front. On the bench the big news is the return of Jacob Ramsey who makes his first squad appearance of the season.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.68 |
Bench Average Age: | 26.47 |
Squad Average Age: | 26.58 |
Subs Average Age: | 25.17 |
Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.07 |
Youngest Starter: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.79 |
Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.16 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.79 |
Oldest Substitute: CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 27.75 |
Youngest Substitute: M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 22.33 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Kosta Runjaiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

Legia Warszawa

GK Kacper Tobiasz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Radovan Pankov | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Steve Kapuadi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Yuri Ribeiro | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Pawel Wszolek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Bartosz Slisz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Juergen Elitim | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐Ÿ” |
M Patryk Kun | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Josuรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Ernest Muci | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Marc Gual | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | for M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 67โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Tomas Pekhart | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | for CF Marc Gual | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Maciej Rosolek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Ernest Muci | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 72โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Jurgen ร‡elhaka | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Juergen Elitim | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 90โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Makana Baku | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Pawel Wszolek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 90โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Gabriel Kobylak | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
GK Dominik Hladun | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Marco Burch | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
CB Artur Jedrzejczyk | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Gil Dias | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
M Patryk Sokolowski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Igor Strzalek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Blaz Kramer | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ100.50m
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 : 3/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ107.56m
Team Cost: ยฃ208.06m
Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ264.13m
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 : 6/21
Homegrown: 2/21

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ380.20m
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 : 13/33
Homegrown: 7/33

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.66m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.00m |
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.18m |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ11.59m |

CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ28.60m |
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 |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Loan |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ12.88m |
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 |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ47.66m |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ28.80m |

CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ30.60m |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ14.28m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ1.68m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 4/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ0.51m
Team Cost: ยฃ2.19m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 5/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ2.97m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 10/23
Homegrown: 2/23

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ4.27m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 16/32
Homegrown: 4/32

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Kacper Tobiasz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
GK Gabriel Kobylak | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
GK Dominik Hladun | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

CB Artur Jedrzejczyk | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ0.78m |
CB Steve Kapuadi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ0.39m |
CB Radovan Pankov | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |
CB Yuri Ribeiro | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Free |
CB Marco Burch | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | Free |

M Bartosz Slisz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ1.29m |
M Makana Baku | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ0.30m |
M Jurgen ร‡elhaka | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ0.21m |
M Igor Strzalek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
M Pawel Wszolek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Juergen Elitim | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | Free |
M Patryk Kun | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Josuรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Free |
M Ernest Muci | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Patryk Sokolowski | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Gil Dias | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

CF Marc Gual | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |
CF Tomas Pekhart | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | Free |
CF Blaz Kramer | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Free |
CF Maciej Rosolek | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Knee
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Unknown
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | Unknown
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Thigh

Out On Loan | 7 |
RB Kaine Kesler-Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CF Louie Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Stockport
GK Viljami Sinisalo | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | Exeter
M Morgan Sanson | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Nice
M Finn Azaz | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Plymouth
CB Lamare Bogarde | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Bristol Rovers
M Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Al-Duhail

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

CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 60%โ€จ
Possession A | 40%โ€จ

Shots F | 19โ€จ
Shots A | 8โ€จ

Shots on Target F | 6โ€จ
Shots on Target A | 6โ€จ

Corners F | 3โ€จ
Corners A | 3โ€จ

Fouls F | 11โ€จ
Fouls A | 16

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"It is sold out at the stadium tomorrow and I think we will play with a very good atmosphere. I know they are coming from Birmingham, 700 more or less, trying to be with us. This is special to start here in Europe. We have to enjoy, be demanding and try to do something in this way, working a new step in Europe.

I am going to share with Aston Villa fans, workers, players and coaches a new chapter I want to write.

โ€œI am happy in Europe and I am really happy with what we did last year. We are trying to be demanding in what we want to do and we want to do something important in this way. We are trying to get a step forward as well, trying to enjoy here.

โ€œThe Premier League is the best league in the world and each match is very tough. Itโ€™s the first objective we have to face this year, but Europe is another clear objective for me. We have to be demanding in Europe and enjoy.

"I never think that we play under pressure because I want to be here and we should do enjoying each match. Tomorrow, Legia Warsaw are second in the league, theyโ€™ve played two less games. They are playing very well.โ€

Unai Emery, pre-match.


โ€œWe knew before the match about the atmosphere here, how they were preparing for the match fully supporting in the stadium. They usually play matches here at home with the result they had. We analysed 27 matches, not watching, but analysing, how they were at home.

โ€œThey only lost one match, won 21 or 22. That was the consequence of the match we watched. Difficult, tough and they were very excited. They were playing with their best performance. We had some good moments and some really bad moments.

โ€œIn our worst moments they scored. We reacted well in the first half, scored two goals. The second half we started the same in the first half, we started well, but in one click, we concede another opportunity and they scored.

โ€œIn the last five minutes we had three chances to score, but overall analysing the match, and of course I want to watch how we can manage when we are playing matches like in Europe. In Europe, my experiences is matches like that, difficult, they were pushing a lot.

โ€œToday, everything that happened in the match I have already lived before. We still are being with the possibility to react again because we will play another five matches and of course, itโ€™s not a good result but we have to learn and understand how we are going to face this opposition.

โ€œThey have as well very good players, a plan in the game. They did good and we couldnโ€™t stop them in some moments. We conceded chances because we lost our positioning on the pitch trying to control the game.

โ€œI think we are feeling good when we are being in our positioning, keeping control of the game, keeping possession trying to take our rhythm and trying to impose it.

โ€œThe bad moments came when we didnโ€™t control the rhythm. They exploited opportunities with space in behind. We concede chances like that.โ€

โ€œWe tried to respect them before and tried to win the match. Then, we have to be demanding ourselves to try to impose our game plan, but we didnโ€™t do it. The frustration is coming because they imposed their game plan and it was enough to win three points in this group.

โ€œThe most important [thing] is to come back and win the next matches in the group. I really like to play matches being important when you lost one match like tonight. That is the experience I have. The most important is playing matches that are very demanding for us and a big challenge for the players. That is what we are facing in the next matches in the group.

โ€œWe have to build again the squad with the players, trying to play a lot of matches in the Premier League, in Europe, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. We will need players in the squad trying to give them opportunities to play and to use their qualities.

โ€œSome players we have had injuries with, like Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendia, which have been difficult for us but we have to build again with the players we have. I believe in the squad, in the players. I know that tonight we could have lost with the starting 11 players that started on Sunday or will start on Sunday against Chelsea.

โ€œWe could have lost with other players on the pitch. First it is very difficult every match, away it is always difficult in Europe, I know it, and I have experiences of losing with the starting XI of players and with the sub players. Itโ€™s important to build a team, a structure, defensively and offensively to build our mentality and of course we didnโ€™t achieve tonight that idea that we want to create.

โ€œWe have to learn and have to use this match trying to how we have to do our way with the players with the squad and the structure we want to create.โ€

Unai Emery, post-match.


ย โ€œOf course, I am using my experiences in Europe and playing a lot of matches during the week. We are now building the team.

โ€œWe didnโ€™t want to lose, but it was a possibility. We need to build, to try to get performances with some players who joined us at the last moment, like Lenglet, like some players who are not playing regularly. They will help us and they will have to play and to do not only 11, 12, 15 we need. We will need 20, 22, 25 players. There have been injuries with Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia, and then a small injury like Diego Carlos.

โ€œWe made some mistakes, not usually tactical mistakes, but I spoke with the players, it was a small accident. We will analyse and react to improve the mistakes we did yesterday.

โ€œThe players, they are as well very excited for the Conference League and we are going to play another five matches. Everything that happened yesterday was to learn and to build the team in the way we want. There was a small tactical mistake and it is my responsibility to work on it.โ€

Unai Emery, post-match.