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Emery Villa Shift Focus to Arsenal After City Victory
- Updated: December 7, 2023
Unai Emery, the manager of Aston Villa, emphasized the need for immediate focus on the upcoming clash against Arsenal following their victory over Manchester City. Leon Bailey’s second-half goal secured a well-deserved win for Aston Villa, propelling them above Manchester City into third place. Emery expressed the importance of enjoying the moment but maintaining balance and preparing for the next match.
“We must be happy and enjoy this moment but also be balanced and prepare for the match on Saturday,” said Emery after the match. He acknowledged the competitive nature of the Premier League, highlighting the challenging fixtures ahead against top teams like Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Newcastle.
Reflecting on the significance of strong and consistent performances, Emery outlined the team’s objective to maintain their structure and competitiveness. He emphasized the crucial role of supporters, considering them the “12th player” for the team at the stadium. Emery expressed gratitude for the fans’ connection with the team and their contribution to maintaining a high level of performance.
Looking ahead to the upcoming clash against Arsenal, Emery, a former Arsenal manager, expressed his happiness with the connection between the team and supporters. He emphasized the professional preparation for the match, intending to impose Aston Villa’s style on Arsenal. Emery’s focus remained on building upon the team’s strong structure and delivering a performance that aligns with their objectives.
In a separate development, Ange Postecoglou, the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur, addressed the potential exit of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in January. Lloris, who has not featured since Postecoglou’s arrival, faces a decision regarding his future as his contract approaches its final six months. Postecoglou clarified that the decision rests with Lloris and the club, emphasizing that he doesn’t seek decision-making power in such matters.
Postecoglou praised Lloris’s professionalism and commitment in training, acknowledging his positive impact on the squad. While Lloris attracted interest from various clubs in the summer, including Saudi Arabia, Inter Milan, Lazio, Paris Saint-Germain, and Nice, no move materialized. The goalkeeper’s contract with Tottenham expires in the summer of 2024.
The Spurs head coach expressed his focus on Lloris’s dedication and the positive environment he contributes to within the squad. While not ruling out the possibility of Lloris playing for Spurs again, Postecoglou noted that it might occur in the event of an injury crisis, highlighting the unpredictable nature of football.
In summary, Unai Emery emphasizes immediate focus on Arsenal after Aston Villa’s victory over Manchester City, and Ange Postecoglou addresses the potential exit of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Tottenham Hotspur in January, highlighting the decisions resting with the players and the clubs.
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By- Sahiba Suri