Unai Emery explains Aston Villa plan before Chelsea clash after gruelling schedule

Unai Emery spoke to the press after Aston Villa's win over Bournemouth
Unai Emery spoke to the press after Aston Villa's win over Bournemouth -Credit:Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images

Unai Emery will give his players a couple of days off after Aston Villa's win over Bournemouth, which was their seventh match in all competitions in the last three weeks.

Villa came back from behind to beat Bournemouth at Villa Park as Dominic Solanke put the visitors in front from the spot, before Morgan Rogers restored parity for Villa in the first minute of additional time. Ollie Watkins was unplayable in the second half as he made two assists for Moussa Diaby and Leon Bailey to wrap up the points.

Villa are now six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, but Ange Postocoglu's side have two games in hand. Spurs could be under even more pressure in their games in hand if Villa can further extend their cushion inside the Champions League places next weekend when they host Chelsea on Saturday, before the north London derby.

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"A very good week, very good week, Emery started. "When we arrived here the supporters were waiting for us. They helped us, supported us.

"We transmitted their energy on the pitch as well. We shared with them our moment. The three points are very important to get the objective at the end of the season in the league. To be fifth or fourth.

"Now, we can be proud of our work and proud of how we are being consistent and trying to fight for fourth position with Tottenham. It will be difficult.

"Here against Brentford we didn’t achieve three points and we were disappointed. We used that match to show the players why we didn’t achieve the consistency we have had at home. The reaction was fantastic in Arsenal and it was today too. Again, the players are showing us the commitment to continue being demanding and staying consistent at the end of the season.

"We will now rest for two days. This week is only one match against Chelsea. It is very important and after the matches we have played, we need to rest for two days."

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