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Unai Emery wants Aston Villa to be European contenders

Manager Unai Emery believes that Aston Villa showcased their European potential with a convincing 4-1 victory against AZ Alkmaar.

In the Europa Conference League, Leon Bailey, Youri Tielemans, Ollie Watkins, and John McGinn all scored as Villa easily secured the win against AZ Alkmaar.

This marks their second 4-1 victory in as many games, following their win against West Ham on Sunday. Villa has now secured consecutive wins in Group E after defeating the previous year’s beaten semi-finalists.

“If we want to be a contender we have to show every day and when we are playing those matches, we have to show everybody our wishes. I think we did it,” Emery told a press conference after Aston Villa’s win.

“We are respecting them because they played in the semi-final last year against West Ham. They won last year against Lazio, they won last year against Anderlecht and it’s because they have experiences in European competitions.

“I am very happy with the players because I think they have to be mature, responsible and demanding themselves, not only when I’m pushing them. They have to try to increase their own individual and collective level.”

Bailey broke the deadlock, capitalizing on AZ’s wasteful play, and Tielemans extended the lead just 10 minutes later.

Watkins added the third goal six minutes into the second half after Mat Ryan, former Brighton goalkeeper, saved Bailey’s shot.

Only five minutes later, McGinn made it 4-0 by turning in Bailey’s cross at the near post.

AZ improved and scored a goal with a fine drive from the edge of the box by Ibrahim Sadiq, making it 4-1 with 25 minutes left.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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