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Game #5684

Thursday, 26 October 2023

Attendance: 16,633

Won

Europa Conference League

1st= (=)

AZ Alkmaar

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

AFAS Stadion

Is this really happening? Unai Emery has transformed this team and club. Beating the second placed, Eredivisie title chasing AZ with consummate ease just adds to the utter insanity of the blooming fruition of the team that Dean Smith founded. What a time to be Villa.

AZ Alkmaar

1-4

Aston Villa

Assist(s): John McGinn | 23' | Leon Bailey | 56' |

KEY MAN

Almost impossible to choose but John McGinn for his continued ascendance into a god-like Villa player.

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 13โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Leon Bailey
โšฝ | 23โ€™ Goal, 2-0, Youri Tielemans, Assist by John McGinn
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™+1 Booking, Clรฉment Lenglet, Bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+5 HT AZ Alkmaar 0-2 Aston Villa
โšฝ | 51โ€™ Goal, 3-0, Ollie Watkins
โšฝ | 56โ€™ Goal, 4-0, John McGinn, Assist by Leon Bailey
๐Ÿฅ… | 65โ€™ Goal, 4-1, (AZ Alkmaar), Ibrahim Sadiq
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Moussa Diaby
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Ollie Watkins, Sub on, Jhon Durรกn
๐ŸŸจ | 86โ€™ Booking, Clรฉment Lenglet
๐Ÿ” | 86โ€™ Sub off, Boubacar Kamara, Sub on, Leander Dendoncker
๐Ÿ” | 87โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+4 FT AZ Alkmaar 1-4 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

John McGinn scores his 20th goal for Villa in 198 appearances as Boubacar Kamara makes his 40th appearance for the club.

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

AZ Alkmaar

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
Eredivisie Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
KNVB Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2012-13

FIXTURE HISTORY

AZ Alkmaar

Previous 5 vs. AZ: None
None

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #15 |
European Game | #5 |
Manager Game | #42 |
Thursday, 26 October 2023
Attendance | 16,633 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Sven Jablonski | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | Bremen, 2008-
Kick off: 5.45pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 4-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Sven Jablonski | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | Bremen, 2008-
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Lasse Koslowski | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | Eduard Beitinger | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
Fourth official: Tobias Reichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
VAR: Daniel Siebert | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
Assistant VAR: Benjamin Cortus | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

AZ Alkmaar

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Sven Jablonski

TEAM NEWS

Diego Carlos, Clรฉment Lenglet, Youri Tielemans and Leon Bailey come in for the rested Ezri Konsa, Pau Torres, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo and Moussa Diaby.

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: | 26.97 |
Starting XI Average Age: | 27.79 |
Subs Average Age: | 25.05 |
Bench Average Age: | 26.06 |

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.17 |
Youngest Starter: M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.94 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.26 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.88 |

Oldest Substitute: M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 28.55 |
Youngest Substitute: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.88 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Pascal Jansen | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | โšฝ |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

AZ Alkmaar

GK Mathew Ryan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Yukinari Sugawara | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต |
CB Alexandre Penetra | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐Ÿ” |
LB David Mรธller Wolfe | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Mees de Wit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Riechedly Bazoer | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Jordy Clasie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Sven Mijnans | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ibrahim Sadiq | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Myron van Brederode | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Vangelis Pavlidis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | for M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 81โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | for CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 87โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Bruno Martins Indi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CB Alexandre Penetra | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tiago Dantas | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for M Sven Mijnans | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Jens Odgaard | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | for W Ibrahim Sadiq | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Ruben van Bommel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for W Myron van Brederode | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Djordje Mihailovic | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | for LB Mees de Wit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 87โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Hobie Verhulst | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
GK Rome Jayden Owusu-Oduro | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Denso Kasius | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Wouter Goes | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Kenzo Goudmijn | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CF Ernest Poku | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ162.05m
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 : 2/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ86.84m
Team Cost: ยฃ248.89m
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 : 2/16
Homegrown: โญ•/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ292.46m
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 : 5/21
Homegrown: 1/21

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 |

CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ28.60m |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.90m |
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 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 |
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | ยฃ12.02m |

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: ยฃ16.12m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 5/11
Homegrown: 1/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ5.74m
Team Cost: ยฃ21.86m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 7/16
Homegrown: 1/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ24.47m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 13/20
Homegrown: 3/22

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Mathew Ryan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ0.44m |
GK Hobie Verhulst | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
GK Rome Jayden Owusu-Oduro | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

CB Alexandre Penetra | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ3.66m |
CB Wouter Goes | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
CB Bruno Martins Indi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

RB Denso Kasius | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ2.61m |
LB David Mรธller Wolfe | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ2.18m |
LB Mees de Wit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ2.00m |
RB Yukinari Sugawara | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต | Free |

M Djordje Mihailovic | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ2.61m |
M Sven Mijnans | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ2.18m |
M Kenzo Goudmijn | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
M Riechedly Bazoer | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Jordy Clasie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Tiago Dantas | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

W Ibrahim Sadiq | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.48m |
W Jens Odgaard | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ3.13m |
W Myron van Brederode | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
W Ruben van Bommel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

CF Vangelis Pavlidis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ2.18m |
CF Ernest Poku | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡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
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Thigh
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ankle / Foot

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

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 53%โ€จ
Possession A | 47%โ€จ

Shots F | 5
Shots A | 11

Shots on Target F | 5
Shots on Target A | 3

Corners F | 1
Corners A | 4

Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 12

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"I'm very happy with the work we did, very proud of the one year here, trying to connect with our fans, trying to get another step ahead in our objective and playing in Europe like we are playing now. But of course, there's still a lot of work to do.

"When I started 20 years ago, being a coach, my objective was to try, to learn, to improve and to get better every day. And that's still the same objective for myself and everybody around me - the club, fans, players, coaches, every worker in Aston Villa as well, I want to share with them my objective.

"It always is very difficult. And we have to respect every team, we have to respect every competition and in the Conference League, the teams are there because they deserve to be there. They can dream as well.

"The first step we have to do is try to understand this competition to understand the difficulty of this competition. And playing against Legia was a very good example. 40,000 supporters following them, being one player more for them and they were very excited to play in us, because for them as well, it was a very good opportunity to show themselves and their potential and they did.

"We lost. And of course we have the possibility to change the way we playing in Legia. Itโ€™s an example of how difficult it is playing in Europe and tomorrow is the same. I play against AZ Alkmaar in 2012 and we lost here with Valencia. And I remember it.

"And last year they played the semi final against West Ham and they were very close to, to winning. I know if we want to do something important in this competition, we have to really want to.

โ€œIt always is very difficult and we have to respect every team, we have to respect every competition and in the Conference League, the teams are there because they deserve to be there.

"I am trying always to build a team and to build a team with the players we have in the squad, but being consistent in our performances. We are performing in the Premier League, we have to be in the same performance in Conference League, but playing with the same players, playing with players that can replace or sub some players that played on Sunday.

"My idea is to play with players really feeling we have to be strong, we have to be focused in 90 minutes offensively and defensively and we have to adapt of them. We are always respecting the opponent and they are playing with good organisation, very good players and I think the coach is doing very good work."

"We will play tomorrow respecting them and trying to be organised for 90 minutes. I am going to tell the players in the last meeting we are going to have that it is going to be difficult.

"Sometimes you have to try to push them to take another level or to be demanding for another level. And trying to organise, trying to be demanding every day, trying to be focused, trying to add different players with the same mentality, working every day.

"The consequences are coming. And here for example now we can believe more in the players we have and they were here before I came here. And we can add other players with experience. But it's still a lot of work to do. And there's still a lot of things I think we can improve in the next month.

"But tomorrow is another match. We have to try to enjoy in our way trying to get different things with the team with the players, individually collectively trying to improve it.

"Playing away is always very difficult and we're really playing very well at home and we are being very consistent and we are winning a lot of matches, which is very difficult. But in away we have to try to get the same performances and try to be the same intensity and try to connect with our supporters tomorrow that are coming as well.

โ€œBut away we have to try to get the same performances and try to be the same intensity and try to connect with our supporters tomorrow that are coming as well. We have to respect them because every place, every team when they are playing at home they are feeling strong with the supportive environment.

"They are playing being excited and being motivated and more tomorrow against us because is the third match in this group. And tomorrow it is very important how we can finish the day for our objective in this group."

Unai Emery, pre-match.


"We are respecting them because they played in the semi-final last year against West Ham.

โ€They won last year against Lazio, they won last year against Anderlecht and itโ€™s because they have experiences in European competitions.

"That is very important for us as well, that they are win a lot of matches in their league and in Europe. They are very focused in this competition. If we want to be a contender, we have to show every day and when we are playing those matches, we have to show everybody our wishes. I think we did it.

"We were speaking before the match about how important the match is, trying to be competitive away and trying to get the challenge being focused in 90 minutes. We did it.

"I am very happy with the players because I think they have to be mature, responsible and demanding themselves, not only when Iโ€™m pushing them. They have to try to increase their own individual and collective level.

"Today was fantastic because it was a key match and it was important. We have to be in the same idea and mentality that we are trying to get.

"Leon Bailey, he has a big potential and today he played fantastic. He is not being in good balance in playing at home and away, always taking better performances at home than away, and thatโ€™s his challenge.

"Today he played very well. He is trying to improve and to increase his level in the demands we are trying to get with the squad, with the team, with the players.

"Really, I am very happy with him today. The last match at home as well against West Ham he played very well too. Itโ€™s fantastic for him and the team.โ€

Unai Emery, post match.


"It was a very important match. We had our away fans helping us and we were very competitive throughout the 90 minutes.ย If we want to be a contender, we have to show that every day. I think we did it today.

"Itโ€™s always tough coming to places like this. I know we scored four, but it was a tough game. Obviously they're a really good team. We learned from our mistakes in Poland, we've come here and done what we needed to do.

"Recently we've been really clinical in front of goal, and we were again tonight. Ever since the manager's come in, we've been really good on the counter attack. Long may that continue.

"Leon's been great. It gave him loads of confidence last week when he scored a great goal at the end of the game, and tonight he was brilliant, with a goal and an assist. Well done to him."

Matty Cash.


"I think we played a very good game. We were strong from the very beginning, and we converted our chances. Playing away from home, these are the types of results you want. We worked really hard for it.

"I think they are a very strong opponent. They have a good structure. They move the ball well. They are a well organised team. You have to be patient. But we figured out how to get around them, and we did.

"Ollie has been brilliant this season. He just needs to continue working in the same way that he's doing, and hopefully he can contribute a lot more this season for the team."

Leon Bailey.