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Game #5687

Thursday, 9 November 2023

Attendance: 40,000

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Europa Conference League

1st= (=)

AZ Alkmaar

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

Villa Park

Villa, undermined by VAR early on, fall behind before quality tells and Unai Emery's men match on in Europe.

Aston Villa

2-1

AZ Alkmaar

Assist(s): Leon Bailey | 61โ€™ | Douglas Luiz | 81โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Leon Bailey, should have had more to show for his performance, not least an assist in the 3rd minute

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MATCH TIMELINE

โšฝ | 3โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Clรฉment Lenglet, Assist by Leon Bailey
๐ŸŽฅ | 3โ€™ VAR Review
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 3โ€™ Disallowed, 0-0, Goal incorrectly disallowed for offside
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+3 HT Aston Villa 0-0 AZ Alkmaar
๐Ÿฅ… | 52โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (AZ Alkmaar), Vangelis Pavlidis
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Diego Carlos, Assist by Leon Bailey
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Ezri Konsa, Sub on, Matty Cash
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Youri Tielemans, Sub on, Douglas Luiz
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo
โšฝ | 81โ€™ Goal, 2-1, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Douglas Luiz
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™ Sub off, Leon Bailey, Sub on, Bertrand Traorรฉ
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™ Sub off, Diego Carlos, Sub on, Pau Torres
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+6 HT Aston Villa 2-1 AZ Alkmaar

ON THIS DAY

Ezri Konsa makes his 150th start since joining in July 2019 whilst Diego Carlos scores his first goal for Villa on his 15th appearance.

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: ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #18 |
European Game | #6 |
Manager Game | #45 |
Thursday, 9 November 2023
Attendance | 40,000 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Luis Godinho | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Borba, 2014-
Kick off: 8.00pm
Half Time Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Full Time Result: ๐ŸŸฉ Won
Full Time Score: ๐ŸŸฉ 2-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Luis Godinho | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Borba, 2014-
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: None
Assistants: Rui Teixeira | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Pedro Almeida | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
Fourth official: Helder Filipe | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
VAR: Hugo Miguel | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
Assistant VAR: Helder Malheiro | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |

CARDS

Villa

None

AZ Alkmaar

None

Luรญs Godinho

TEAM NEWS

RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
Replaced by
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: | 27.16 |
Starting XI Average Age: | 27.71 |
Subs Average Age: | 26.24 |
Bench Average Age: | 26.61 |

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.21 |
Youngest Starter: M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 23.98 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.30 |
Youngest Squad Player: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 19.92 |

Oldest Substitute: W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | 28.19 |
Youngest Substitute: M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 24.37 |

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 |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ”
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ”
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐Ÿ”
W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

AZ Alkmaar

GK Mathew Ryan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
RB Yukinari Sugawara | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต |
CB Bruno Martins Indi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
LB Mees de Wit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
LB David Mรธller Wolfe | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
M Riechedly Bazoer | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
M Jordy Clasie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Sven Mijnans | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ibrahim Sadiq | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Ruben van Bommel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Vangelis Pavlidis | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | for M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | for W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 90โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 90โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CF Ernest Poku | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for W Ibrahim Sadiq | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Djordje Mihailovic | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | for LB Mees de Wit | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Myron van Brederode | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for W Ruben van Bommel | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Jens Odgaard | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | for M Sven Mijnans | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 88โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Oliveira Dantas | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for M Jordy Clasie | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 88โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Hobie Verhulst | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
GK Daniรซl Virginio Deen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Alexandre Penetra | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CB Maxim Dekker | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Wouter Goes | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Denso Kasius | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Kenzo Goudmijn | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Jens Odgaard | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ192.38m
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: ยฃ69.92m
Team Cost: ยฃ262.30m
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 : 3/16
Homegrown: โญ•/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ304.05m
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 : 5/22
Homegrown: 1/22

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 |

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 |

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 |

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: ยฃ12.46m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 6/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ5.74m
Team Cost: ยฃ18.20m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 8/16
Homegrown: 1/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ27.60m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 14/24
Homegrown: 5/24

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Mathew Ryan | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ0.44m |
GK Daniรซl Virginio Deen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
GK Hobie Verhulst | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

CB Alexandre Penetra | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ3.66m |
CB Maxim Dekker | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Youth |
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 Oliveira 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 | 3 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Knee
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
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 | 64%โ€จ
Possession A | 36%โ€จ

Shots F | 12
Shots A | 7

Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3

Corners F | 8
Corners A | 1

Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 12

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"Always we have to improve and of course, we lost one match, but every match we are playing, they are being very difficult. We have to respect the teams in the Conference League and in the Premier League of course. We are still being fifth in the table, but we have to be demanding as well.

โ€œEvery player who has joined us this season they have to adapt quickly in our structure and to get the characteristic as a player and to feel comfortable playing in our structure. One of them is Tielemans, but he is a very good player and has experiences. His characteristics as a player I want to add and to try and get in our structure as well. As a player, I think he is progressively feeling better.

"Of course some players have very good experience in Europe. Others never played in it before but may have played with their national teams, in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and can play three matches in a week. The most important thing for me is to build and create a strong structure not only with 11, 12 or 12 players but with 22 players.

"Sometimes I am rotating but the thinking to add players getting our collective performance like I want. Then of course, each moment depends on the match. Donโ€™t assume anything about the opponent because they can surprise us. In Legia, for example, if we are playing the same match again maybe I can repeat the same starting XI. I did it to try and get the best performance but also using some players because I know we will need them.

"Now is the same, after we won two matches. Tomorrow is very important and I want to manage the players in the squad trying to get from them progressively the performance. Every player has to play and take a process, individually and collectively, in our building of the team. I want to try and use every player and get performances with every player. I am demanding not only with the players in the starting XI. Maybe I will give players chances to play, knowing that for the future it is necessary to do that.

"Tomorrow, for example, I have some doubts. I am not really clear in the starting XI. Why? Because I want to manage trying to impose our idea, style and structure and trying to use different players in the XI. I am not thinking of Sunday but only tomorrow. Sometimes seven days before I know the starting XI for the next match but others I need the last moment. I am not clear about it. It is not because I doubt some players. No, it is because I want to be clinical in my decision about the adaptation and how we can play, while adding something to our structure tactically."

Unai Emery, pre-match.


"Each player has their own ambitions and dreams. You think about it, of course you do.

"There is still a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

"Our ambition in every competition is to lift that trophy at the end of the season. This competition is no different to the Premier League or the FA Cup. We are obviously not in the Carabao Cup but we have got three opportunities to try and break that spell of Aston Villa teams not having any silverware.

"To be involved in that would be a huge achievement and one we are all aspiring to be part of. Hopefully by the end of the season we can be proud of something we have done and write our names in the history books."

John McGinn, pre-match.


"It was very tough. We had to be really patient and fight until the end. Legia are a tough team to play against. The next game will be very important.

โ€œThatโ€™s what weโ€™ve been told. Unfortunately it was a mistake from them [disallowing the first goal] and they apologised. In the end itโ€™s okay.โ€

Youri Tielemans.


"We're obviously very pleased with the win - it was hard out there. In European games there are different challenges. I didn't have many opportunities and in the end I had to go and find one. It's great to score and get the three points.

"I thought it was close, I didn't celebrate because I thought it was tight. You never know with VAR.

"When you play teams twice, they study you and have a chance to put it right. They made it tough for us but we've won the game and that's all that matters.

"The first goal [disallowed effort after three minutes] should have counted. They said they made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes.

"I'm really enjoying it. The team are playing good football and I'm getting chances.

Ollie Watkins.


"It was a very tough match. AZ are a very good team - last season they reached the semi-final, against West Ham, and they are doing very well in the Dutch league. We won 4-1 there but we knew it would be tricky tonight.

"Even when they scored I knew we just needed to keep faith in the game plan, trying to contain our emotions. At Villa Park we feel we have the support even when, like today, we go behind.

"The most important thing for us is to keep being consistent. We want to impose our style and make sure we're stronger. Every competition is different, be it the Premier League or Conference League. We have to try and get a feel for this and show that we can win this competition.

"Very important, very difficult match. We knew we needed to respect them and try to play at Villa Park.

"They scored the first goal. We scored one that was offside more or less. I'm very proud of our work in this competition. We're getting better.

"AZ are a very good team. I'm very happy.

"We have to accept the referee's decision always.

"Legia are doing very well. We are excited to play the next game here.

"It was a very good chance for Kamara, it was fantastic, but it was not a corner, it's clear, and after this mistake we score.

"I'm very happy because when we are winning a game like tonight we can understand this competition better and the processes we're trying to build.

"I'm very proud of our work in this competition. We're getting better.

"We scored one that was offside more or less. We have to accept the referee's decision, always.

"I'm very proud of our work in this competition. We're getting better. AZ are a very good team. I'm very happy. The reaction when they scored the goal was fantastic."

Unai Emery.


"The difficulty hasnโ€™t been a surprise to me as I know how hard it is to get in these competitions.

"I think the perception from the outside is that 'itโ€™s just the Conference League and Aston Villa will turn up with the players we have and win'. Itโ€™s not been like that at all.

"In Alkmaar the scoreline suggests it was a comfortable game but even at 4-1, there were spells that were not comfortable. We are coming up against good teams and we are pretty inexperienced at this level. We are gradually improving but all three teams in the group have given us huge test so far. Hopefully, we can push on and qualify.

"We are embracing it and we know weโ€™re one of the biggest teams in the competition, but that doesnโ€™t mean we turn up against teams and weโ€™re off it.

"[Against Legia Warsaw] we got punished. As much as we didnโ€™t want to lose, it was a huge learning curve and has given us a platform to respect each and every team we face."

โ€œItโ€™s a great time to play at Villa Park.

"It is the first time in a long time that supporters have got full trust and belief in us as players. The support is there and itโ€™s a great place to play football.

"Weโ€™ve turned it into a fortress but it can quite easily change. Football changes so quickly so we canโ€™t be naive to think we just turn up there and win now. We need to keep it going.

"Itโ€™s a really impressive run and one weโ€™re proud of and hoping to extend."

John McGinn, post-match.