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Game #5709

Aston Villa

Thursday, 7 March 2024

Drew

Last 16

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Europa Conference League

Attendance: 52,197

AFC Ajax

Amsterdam Arena

HT: Wow, literally nothing happened in that first half, is that a good or a bad thing?

FT: Wow, literally nothing happened in that second half other than the painful watch of the folly of appointing an Albanian League referee to officiate a game between former European Champions.

All to play for in the second leg. Let's hope there is no Albanian representation at VP.

AFC Ajax

0-0

Aston Villa

Assist(s): None

KEY MAN

Enea Jorgji, an embarrassing performance from the Albanian referee that did the game no favours.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Thursday, 7 March 2024

๐ŸŸจ | 25โ€™ Booking, Ezri Konsa for handball
๐Ÿ•’ | 45โ€™+1 HT Ajax 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Pau Torres, Sub on, Matty Cash
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Moussa Diaby, Sub on, John McGinn
๐Ÿ” | 63โ€™ Sub off, Morgan Rogers, Sub on, Leon Bailey
๐ŸŸจ | 64โ€™ Booking, Matty Cash for dissent
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Tim Iroegbunam, Sub on, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo
๐Ÿ” | 74โ€™ Sub off, Lucas Digne, Sub on, รlex Moreno
๐ŸŸจ | 76โ€™ Booking, Nicolรฒ Zaniolo for a bad foul
๐ŸŸจ | 83โ€™ Booking, Ezri Konsa for a bad foul
๐ŸŸฅ | 83โ€™ Sending off, Ezri Konsa for two yellow cards
๐ŸŸฅ | 86โ€™ Sending off, (Ajax), Tristan Gooijer for two yellow cards
๐Ÿ•’ | 90โ€™+5 FT Ajax 0-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Douglas Luiz makes his 190th appearance for Villa whilst Morgan Rogers makes his first start.

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

AFC Ajax

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
European Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ๐Ÿ†
Dutch Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ† (36)
KNVB Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† (20)
Last Trophy: 2021-22

FIXTURE HISTORY

AFC Ajax

Previous 5 vs. Ajax: ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2023-24 |
Matchday | #40 |
European Game | #9 |
Manager Game | #67 |
Thursday, 7 March 2024
Attendance | 52,197 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee:ย Enea Jorgji | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 2023- ๐Ÿ†˜
Kick off: 5.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

๐Ÿ•’ 67 | ๐ŸŸฉ | 39 ๐ŸŸจ | 11 ๐ŸŸฅ 17 | 1.91

Career Form:

Top 4

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Enea Jorgji | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | 2023- ๐Ÿ†˜
๐Ÿ†˜ The folly of allowing Albanian League referees in European competition was shown early and just got worse... at least he kept the game interesting mind
Previous 5: None
Last Match: None
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ
Assistants: Denis Rexha | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Ridiger ร‡okaj | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
Fourth official: Eldorjan Hamiti | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
VAR: Luca Pairetto | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
Assistant VAR: Aleandro Di Paolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |

Cards:

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

AFC Ajax

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ

Enea Jorgji

TEAM NEWS

Unai Emery springs huge surprises with his team selection for the Ajax away leg.

TEAM STATS

Squad Average Age: 26.61
Starting XI Average Age: 26.66
Subs Average Age: 27.58
Bench Average Age: 26.55

Oldest Starter: GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | 31.53 |
Youngest Starter: M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.58 |

Oldest Squad Player: GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 33.62 |
Youngest Squad Player: F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 18.46 |

Oldest Substitute: LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 30.61 |
Youngest Substitute: M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | 24.70 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

John van 't Schip | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Clรฉment Lenglet | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB Ezri Konsa | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Youri Tielemans | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Ollie Watkins | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

AFC Ajax

GK Diant Ramaj | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Devyne Rensch | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
RB Tristan Gooijer | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Jorrel Hato | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Ahmetcan Kaplan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท |
LB Borna Sosa | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
M Jordan Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Kenneth Taylor | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Sivert Mannsverk | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Kristian Hlynsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Brian Brobbey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸจ | for CB Pau Torres | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for W Moussa Diaby | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Leon Bailey | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | for M Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 63โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | LB รlex Moreno | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | for LB Lucas Digne | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 74โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Nicolรฒ Zaniolo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ | for M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 74โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Branco van den Boomen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | for M Sivert Mannsverk | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | 76โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Chuba Akpom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for M Kristian Hlynsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 80โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Joe Gauci | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Gerรณnimo Rulli | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |
GK Jay Gorter | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Jakov Medic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
RB Anton Gaaei | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Ar'jany Martha | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Kian Fitz-Jim | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
M Benjamin Tahirovic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ |
W Carlos Forbs | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Julian Rijkhoff | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ184.61m
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: 1/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ57.36m
Team Cost: ยฃ241.97m
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: 1/16

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ274.75m
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 : 8/21
Homegrown: 2/21

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ380.46m
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 : 16/35
Homegrown: 9/35

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Emiliano Martรญnez | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.66m |
GK Robin Olsen | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.00m |
GK Joe Gauci | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ1.28m |

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 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 |
RB Kaine Kesler Hayden | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

M Douglas Luiz | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ15.12m |
M Morgan Rogers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.00m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Tim Iroegbunam | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
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 |
F Omari Kellyman | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ยฃ0.60m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ38.41m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 5/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11

Subs Cost: ยฃ10.54m
Team Cost: ยฃ48.95m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 6/13
Homegrown: โญ•/13

Matchday Squad Cost: ยฃ81.86m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 10/22
Homegrown: โญ•/22

Total Squad Cost: ยฃ142.47m
Home Nation ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ : 16/32
Homegrown: 1/32

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Gerรณnimo Rulli | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ6.85m |
GK Diant Ramaj | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ4.28m |
GK Jay Gorter | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

CB Ahmetcan Kaplan | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ8.14m |
CB Jakov Medic | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ2.57m |
CB Jorrel Hato | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

LB Borna Sosa | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ6.85m |
RB Anton Gaaei | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | ยฃ3.86m |
RB Devyne Rensch | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
RB Tristan Gooijer | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
LB Ar'jany Martha | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |

M Benjamin Tahirovic | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ | ยฃ6.43m |
M Sivert Mannsverk | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ5.14m |
M Kian Fitz-Jim | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Branco van den Boomen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Jordan Henderson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Kenneth Taylor | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | Free |
M Kristian Hlynsson | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |

W Carlos Forbs | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ12.00m |

CF Brian Brobbey | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ14.00m |
CF Chuba Akpom | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ10.54m |
CF Julian Rijkhoff | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ1.20m |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 6 |
W Emiliano Buendรญa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ACL
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ACL
CF Jhon Durรกn | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | Hamstring
M Boubacar Kamara | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ACL
CB Diego Carlos | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Thigh
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Foot

Not Registered | 1 |
CB Calum Chambers | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out On Loan | 7 |
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 Philippe Coutinho | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท | Al-Duhail
M Leander Dendoncker | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Napoli
CB Josh Feeney | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Real Uniรณn
M Tommi O'Reilly | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Real Uniรณn

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

โ€‹

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

โ€‹

Match Symbols:

โ€‹

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

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

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

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

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

Shots F | 5
Shots A | 4

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

Corners F | 5
Corners A | 2

Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 18

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

"They have my own respect and historic club in Europe. A few years ago they were playing in the semi-final of the Champions League and they were very close to playing in the final.

"They always are promoting a lot of young players. In the future, they are going to be very important players. The respect is because I think they are not being very consistent season this year, but I think they are probably getting better and of course for them to play here with their support at home tomorrow. I think they are going to show their best performance.

"We have to be consistent and being clear to get something important. The Premier League is 38 matches and we are now in the fourth position and of course, it is a very good opportunity to try to keep it.

"Now we are focusing like we did before in groups, on Europe because as well to play Europe for us is very important. Last year, we did a very big effort to play in the Conference League and we have to try to be consistent here and confident.

โ€œI like to play in Europe and I am trying to to transmit to the players as well. Europe always is very, very difficult. I am very excited and motivated to achieve something here in Europe like I did before.

"But the most important is try to get as well prestige playing in Europe, play in different countries, different culture to play. I am playing in Europe 16 years in a row, but I never play here. For me as well it is being motivated to play here in the stadium and for myself it is very important in my career.

"I want to separate each competition. We are improving and we are taking experiences and important matches during the week before the groups and now we are going to start playing again.

"We have very important matches in the Premier League on Sunday and West Ham next Sunday. If we want to reach our level or increase our level, playing important games is very important to play matches that we are going to play in this week and in the next week.

โ€œMy routine with the players is always to be very respectful of the opponent and analysing myself the tactical idea or the tactical way they did and then show their players and try to prepare our game plan. This is the routine I have when we are facing each team.

"I like my job, I like to prepare and work out how we can develop. There are a lot of teams in Europe, some teams being better than us.

"That is the big challenges I had before and the big challenge I want to face again and sometimes as well how we can be motivated, be excited playing against some teams at the beginning and our performances worse than us and really to try to be competitive. This is the challenge I have every day and tomorrow for me to be here.

"And after that, it is a very excited moment. I don't know if we are going to be better than them, worse than them, but how we are going to compete against them and, and the experiences we have here in Europe in Conference this year and we were speaking with the players this morning.

"We were very excited playing before the groups that I said earlier and we played fantastic. We then lost the first match in the group. Even when you are playing against the better teams, you have to be very motivated, you have to be very competitive to try to beat the opponent.

"But when you are playing against the worst team, if you are thinking is going to be easy, they can beat you. And this is my experiences before and I want to use it."

Unai Emery, pre-match.


"You only have to look at their place in the Premier League - they are fourth - to know they are very strong.

"In a lot of ways, it's just a good team. They are defensively strong and have experience. In addition, they have speed and are dangerous when play restarts.

"They can be constructive but also very direct. We will have to play very focused. If we lose the ball in places where we are vulnerable, it can become very dangerous."

Ajax manager John van 't Schip pre-match.


โ€œIt was a bit surreal honestly, such an amazing stadium, an amazing atmosphere, a moment that I'll treasure for the rest of my life no doubt. Blessed to be given the opportunity to play here and hopefully I did enough.

โ€œIt's tough coming here. They're an iconic club, a massive club. We knew it was going to be difficult. We had to suffer at times. I think we defended really well as a team. We probably would have liked to be a bit more offensive and create more chances, but it's one of those games where, if you can't win, make sure you don't lose.

โ€œListen, it's not going to be easy, it's Ajax we're talking about here. They're a big club, they've got pedigree in Europe in big competitions so we know it's going to be difficult again. But we're also strong at home. We know we've got a group of players that can beat any team at home. So I think we'll go into that game with full confidence.โ€

Morgan Rogers post match.


โ€œI wasn't really too nervous. It's my second start with the club, so I was really excited to go and play and prove to everyone what I can do. And just push for more opportunities, more starts, more minutes.

โ€œIt was a tough game. Ajax are a good team, they've got lots of history. So I think the fact that we came away with a clean sheet, that's a good point for us. And next week weโ€™ll have the backing of our fans. Weโ€™re always strong at home.โ€

Tim Iroegbunam post match.


โ€œIt's only half-time (in the two-leg tie), and so we need to go there and cause a massive upset.โ€

Ajax midfielder Jordan Henderson.