June 24, 2024
Aston Villa players celebrate scoring a goal
Aston Villa have scored a minimum of three objectives in 9 of their 15 video games throughout all competitions this season

Aston Villa supervisor Unai Emery has challenged his gamers to “present daily” that they could be a contender after beating AZ Alkmaar within the Europa Convention League.

Villa sealed a snug 4-1 victory over the Dutch outfit at AFAS Stadion and they’re second within the desk on the midway level of the group stage, degree on factors with leaders Legia Warsaw

AZ reached the semi-finals of the Convention League final season, shedding towards West Ham, and are presently second within the Eredivisie, unbeaten of their opening 9 video games.

Villa, nonetheless, made simple work of their journey to the Netherlands as Leon Bailey, Youri Tielemans, Ollie Watkins and John McGinn all scored.

“If we wish to be a contender we now have to indicate daily and once we are taking part in these matches, we now have to indicate everyone our needs. I believe we did it,” Emery informed a information convention.

“We’re respecting them as a result of they performed within the semi-final final 12 months towards West Ham. They gained final 12 months towards Lazio, they gained final 12 months towards Anderlecht and it is as a result of they’ve experiences in European competitions.

“I’m very proud of the gamers as a result of I believe they should be mature, accountable and demanding themselves, not solely after I’m pushing them. They should attempt to enhance their very own particular person and collective degree.”

Bailey and Tielemans bought Villa off to the proper begin with a purpose apiece within the area of 10 first-half minutes.

Alkmaar spurned a number of good alternatives earlier than the break, together with a gilt-edged likelihood for high scorer Vangelis Pavlidis when he was clear by means of on purpose.

Watkins then additional strengthened the guests’ grip on the sport early within the second interval, reacting quickest to show dwelling after Bailey’s shot had been saved.

Captain McGinn grabbed Villa’s fourth when he confirmed need to get forward of his man and poke in on the close to publish, making certain it will be a memorable evening.

Alkmaar winger Ibrahim Sadiq pulled one again shortly after the hour mark with a pinpoint shot from distance into the underside nook.

Villa are degree on six factors together with Group E leaders Legia Warsaw however sit second to the Polish membership on head-to-head document after shedding 3-2 within the opening encounter of the competitors.

Confidence and objectives flowing for Villa

Villa’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez hailed Emery as “one of many high 5 managers on this planet proper now” within the build-up to Thursday’s encounter.

Emery, 51, is a four-time Europa League winner, lifting Europe’s second-tier competitors three seasons in a row between 2014 and 2016 and overseeing Villarreal’s 2021 closing success towards Manchester United.

He’s now making an attempt to mastermind Villa’s first trophy success since they gained the League Cup in 1996.

All of the indicators look extraordinarily constructive as they demolished an Alkmaar aspect who reached the semi-finals of the Convention League in 2022-23, shedding towards West Ham.

Rotation has been key as Villa look to struggle on a number of fronts and they didn’t skip a beat, regardless of 4 modifications from Sunday’s 4-1 Premier League dwelling win over West Ham.

Two of these replacements, Bailey and Tielemans, slotted in seamlessly as Villa’s high-pressing strategy noticed them benefit from the early exchanges.

Bailey, scoring for the third recreation in succession for membership and nation, broke the impasse with a fizzing half-volley, whereas Tielemans confirmed composure to collect McGinn’s defence-splitting by means of ball earlier than prodding by means of the legs of goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

Watkins had the simplest end of the evening to chalk up his ninth of the marketing campaign when Bailey’s effort fell kindly into his path simply 5 yards out.

McGinn’s endeavour to make a driving run into the field paid dividends when he met a low cross from Jamaica winger Bailey to register his second purpose within the competitors.

A key side of Villa’s recreation below Emery is taking part in with bravery, urgent excessive up the sphere and so they reaped the rewards in Alkmaar.

It’s the sixth time they’ve scored 4 or extra objectives in a recreation this season and extends their unbeaten streak to 5.

Defensively, Villa do nonetheless have some points to iron out and so they have been lucky to finish the primary half with a clear sheet.

Greek striker Pavlidis, who scored a hat-trick towards Heerenveen on the weekend and has 13 objectives in 9 Eredivisie appearances this time period, was gifted a chance simply minutes after Villa had gone 2-0 forward.

Boubacar Kamara misplaced the ball on the sting of his personal field and Pavlidis with the purpose at his mercy inexplicably blazed over the bar.

Villa have been additionally opened up far too simply when Sadiq scored a comfort and so they have only one clear sheet of their final 5 outings and 5 all season.

Participant of the match

McGinnJohn McGinn

AZ Alkmaar

  1. Squad quantity1Participant identifyRyan

  2. Squad quantity7Participant identifyOdgaard

  3. Squad quantity2Participant identifySugawara

  4. Squad quantity8Participant identifyClasie

  5. Squad quantity25Participant identifyBazoer

  6. Squad quantity5Participant identifyAlexandre Penetra

  7. Squad quantity9Participant identifyPavlidis

  8. Squad quantity11Participant identifySadiq

  9. Squad quantity6Participant identifyTiago Dantas

  10. Squad quantity19Participant identifyvan Brederode

  11. Squad quantity18Participant identifyMøller Wolfe

  12. Squad quantity10Participant identifyde Wit

  13. Squad quantity16Participant identifyMijnans

  14. Squad quantity15Participant identifyvan Bommel

  15. Squad quantity4Participant identifyMartins Indi

  16. Squad quantity14Participant identifyMihailovic

Aston Villa

  1. Squad quantity7Participant identifyMcGinn

  2. Squad quantity31Participant identifyBailey

  3. Squad quantity8Participant identifyTielemans

  4. Squad quantity11Participant identifyWatkins

  5. Squad quantity2Participant identifyMoney

  6. Squad quantity6Participant identifyDouglas Luiz

  7. Squad quantity1Participant identifyE Martínez

  8. Squad quantity12Participant identifyDigne

  9. Squad quantity44Participant identifyKamara

  10. Squad quantity19Participant identifyDiaby

  11. Squad quantity3Participant identifyDiego Carlos

  12. Squad quantity17Participant identifyLenglet

  13. Squad quantity9Participant identifyTraoré

  14. Squad quantity24Participant identifyDurán

  15. Squad quantity22Participant identifyZaniolo

  16. Squad quantity32Participant identifyDendoncker


AZ Alkmaar

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Sugawara
  • 25BazoerBooked at 90mins
  • 5Penetra CorreiaSubstituted forMartins Indiat 45′minutes
  • 18Møller Wolfe
  • 10de WitSubstituted forMihailovicat 87′minutes
  • 8ClasieBooked at 44mins
  • 16MijnansBooked at 19minsSubstituted forOliveira Dantasat 45′minutes
  • 11SadiqSubstituted forOdgaardat 67′minutes
  • 9Pavlidis
  • 19van BrederodeSubstituted forvan Bommelat 67′minutes


  • 4Martins Indi
  • 6Oliveira Dantas
  • 7Odgaard
  • 12Verhulst
  • 14Mihailovic
  • 15van Bommel
  • 20Owusu-Oduro
  • 21Poku
  • 28Goudmijn
  • 30Kasius
  • 33Goes

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2Money
  • 3Diego Carlos
  • 17LengletBooked at 45mins
  • 12Digne
  • 31BaileyBooked at 86minsSubstituted forTraoréat 86′minutes
  • 44KamaraSubstituted forDendonckerat 86′minutes
  • 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forZanioloat 69′minutes
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forDiabyat 81′minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forDuránat 86′minutes


  • 4Konsa
  • 9Traoré
  • 14P Torres
  • 16Chambers
  • 19Diaby
  • 22Zaniolo
  • 24Durán
  • 25Olsen
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 42Marschall

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