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Game #5694

Aston Villa

4-1-1, 13 PTS

Thursday, 14 December 2023

Drew

1st

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Europa Conference League

Hล K Zrinjski Mostar

Attendance: 6,610

Stadion pod Bijelim Brijegom

1-1-4, 4 PTS

Hล K Zrinjski Mostar

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s): John McGinn | 61โ€™ |

MATCH SUMMARY

Job done, pleasing debuts, the unbeaten run continues and the next round beckons.

KEY MAN

Nicolรฒ Zaniolo for scoring his first Villa goal although John McGinn changed the game after coming on and great debuts for Marschall and O'Reilly.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 14 December 2023

๐ŸŸข | 1โ€™ Debut, Filip Marschall
๐ŸŸจ | 37โ€™ Booking, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo for a bad foul
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+3 HT Hล K Zrinjski Mostar 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, John McGinn
๐Ÿ” | 58โ€™ Sub off, รlex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
โšฝ | 61โ€™ Goal, 1-0, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo, Assist by John McGinn
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Pau Torres, Sub on, Diego Carlos
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Matty Cash, Sub on, Calum Chambers
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, Tommi Oโ€™Reilly ๐ŸŸข
๐ŸŸจ | 84โ€™ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
๐Ÿฅ… | 87โ€™ Goal, 1-1, (Hล K Zrinjski Mostar) Matija Malekinusic
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+4 HT Hล K Zrinjski Mostar 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Youth Goalkeeper Filip Marschall makes his debut aged 20 after coming through the ranks whilst Tommi O'Reilly makes his first appearance for the club as a late substitute.

At the other end of the spectrum Matty Cash makes his 120th appearance for the club, Jacob Ramsey his 110th and Diego Carlos his 20th.

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

Hล K Zrinjski Mostar

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 2022-23

FIXTURE HISTORY

Hล K Zrinjski Mostar

Previous 5 vs. Zrinjski: ๐ŸŸฉ
None

FIXTURE DETAILS

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Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #25 |
European Game | #8 |
Manager Game | #52 |
Thursday, 14 December 2023
Attendance | 6,610 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Referee:ย Balรกzs Berke | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ | Nagykanizsa, 2023-
Kick off: 5.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 52 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 32 ๐ŸŸจ | 7 ๐ŸŸฅ 13 | 1.98

Villa Career Form:

Top 4

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Balรกzs Berke | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ | Nagykanizsa, 2023-
Matches Officiated: 1
๐ŸŸฉ : 0
๐ŸŸจ : 1
๐ŸŸฅ : 0
๐Ÿ†˜ : 0
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Vencel Tรณth | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ | Balรกzs Szert | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
Fourth official: Gergo Bogรกr | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
VAR: Tamรกs Bognรกr | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |
Assistant VAR: Ferenc Karakรณ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ |

ALL THE MATCHES REFEREED BY:

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Hล K Zrinjski Mostar

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

It's debut day for Filip Marschall as Unai Emery goes for a change around in personnel and formation for the trip to Bosnia.

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: | 26.26 |
Starting XI Average Age: | 25.12 |
Subs Average Age: | 27.86 |
Bench Average Age: | 27.83 |

Oldest Starter: LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.38 |
Youngest Starter: CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | 20.02 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.30 |
Youngest Squad Player: M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.01 |

Oldest Substitute: CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | 30.77 |
Youngest Substitute: M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.01 |

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

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Aston Villa

GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข |
LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด |

MANAGER

Krunoslav Renduliฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |

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Hล K Zrinjski Mostar

GK Marko Maric | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Josip Corluka | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
CB Slobodan Jakovljevic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Stipe Radic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Kerim Memija | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Dario Canadjija | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Damir Zlomislic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
M Antonio Ivancic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
W Mario Cuze | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
W Matjia Malekinusic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Nemanja Bilbija | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |

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Not necessarily indicative of the actual matchday formation

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 58โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 58โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | for CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 79โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

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๐Ÿ” | CF Tomislav Kis | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | for M Dario Canadjija | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | 34โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Aldin Hrvanovic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for RB Kerim Memija | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Franko Sabljic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | for W Mario Cuze | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | 67โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | LB Luka Marin | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | for W Matjia Malekinusic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | 90โ€™+2 |

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UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

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GK Anis Sefo | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
CB Matej Senic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
M Antonio Prskalo | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
W Petar Misic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

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SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ156.28m
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: 2/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ57.69m
Team Cost: ยฃ213.97m
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 : 6/16
Homegrown: 3/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ260.23m
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 : 7/19
Homegrown: 3/19

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 : 16/35
Homegrown: 10/35

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.66m |
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 |

LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ27.00m |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ 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 Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ47.66m |

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

SQUAD STATS

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1st XI Cost: ยฃ0.00
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ : 4/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ0.00
Team Cost: ยฃ0.00
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ : 6/15
Homegrown: 1/15

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ0.00
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ : 9/23
Homegrown: 1/23

MATCHDAY SQUAD

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GK Marko Maric | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
GK Anis Sefo | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |

CB Slobodan Jakovljevic | ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |
CB Matej Senic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
CB Stipe Radic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

RB Kerim Memija | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
RB Josip Corluka | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
LB Luka Marin | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

M Aldin Hrvanovic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
M Antonio Ivancic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
M Dario Canadjija | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
M Damir Zlomislic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
M Antonio Prskalo | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
W Petar Misic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

W Mario Cuze | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
W Matjia Malekinusic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

CF Franko Sabljic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Youth |
CF Nemanja Bilbija | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | Free |
CF Tomislav Kis | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

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Injury | 3 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ACL
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
W Bertrand Traorรฉ | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ | Muscular

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

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Not Recorded

Player Positions:

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GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Halfโ€จ

M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

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Match Symbols:

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance
๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

๐ŸŸข GK Filip Marschall | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
๐ŸŸข M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 76%โ€จ
Possession A | 24%โ€จ

Shots F | 10
Shots A | 5

Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 1

Corners F | 8
Corners A | 3

Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 3

MATCH QUOTES

โ€œFirstly, we want to respect the competition and then respect Zrinjski as well. We also want to play competitively and try to increase, individually and collectively, our process as a team. โ€œAnd tomorrow, we are here with the players who are available to play. Iโ€™m going to share as well because some players can feel tired, and I will decide tomorrow morning, but my idea at the beginning is try to play being competitive. โ€œWith players playing regularly and with another maybe who is not playing a lot of minutes, I want to try to build and try to create a strong structure in our squad. โ€œTomorrow is a very good opportunity for someone to try to play and get minutes, get confidence and prepare for this season in different competitions being very competitive, like we are doing at the moment. โ€œPlaying in Europe is always difficult, we played against Legia Warsaw in the first match and we lost, we played against Zrinjski in the second match at home and we were struggling until the last moment, winning the match in the last minute. And those are the experiences I had before. โ€œBut, for me, itโ€™s amazing to be here. Itโ€™s my first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Mostar, and itโ€™s a new experience and a new moment I want to enjoy. Each moment in Europe for me is very, very special and I want to enjoy it. And I want to share with my players and try to send them my experiences as well in Europe, always being difficult trying to get a trophy. โ€œBut our objective is, of course, trying to progress in this competition and trying to do our process as a team. And share it with the Premier League because itโ€™s very tough, very difficult, but I want to share the same mentality in the Conference League and Premier League. Tomorrow is another step ahead taking the experiences I want to have with the players at Aston Villa.โ€ Unai Emery, pre-match. "It was a tough game, a tough atmosphere. They had all 11 players behind the ball, but we are grateful for a point in this difficult group. "The goal is to win this competition, in the Premier League if we keep playing well, hopefully we can finish among the top four teams." Jacob Ramsey. "I think it is a very good score, we have finished with four points. A point against Aston Villa we could only dream of. "We wanted to present ourselves very well, not to be afraid, to play as well as possible. Because this may be the only game like this in our career. We couldn't have imagined we'd come and play so many games by December. We're tired, exhausted, but proud." Nemanja Bilbija, Zrinjski forward "I don't know much about the league of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They showed that they have the capacity and that defensively tactically they are doing well, they showed that in Birmingham as well. They motivated us to play." Unai Emery. โ€œWe are happy because our objective was to be the first in the group and with this draw we are. โ€œWe wanted to play as well with players who havenโ€™t played regularly in the season, for some injuries like Jacob Ramsey and Alex Moreno. "As well with Leander Dendoncker, Filip, Tommi Oโ€™Reilly as well it is important for them to get confidence and minutes. Jhon Duran as well. Tonight was perfect with this result and perfect for the players to get their chances. "We wanted to win, but the first objective was to be first in the group and then try to enjoy the way in this competition. Being in Europe, it is important to remember how we achieved it last year and how we are now trying to win a trophy and enjoy it with our supporters. It is important to enjoy it with them. "Now we are going to focus on the Premier League and on Sunday in Brentford. โ€œWe are going to try and recover from the match we played tonight and with other players, some players like Tielemans and Bailey, hopefully we can get the match on Sunday with the players ready to play." Unai Emery, post match.

MATCH REPORT