Unai Emery shares Aston Villa's Chelsea plan after gruelling schedule

Unai Emery during the Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 match between Lille OSC and Aston Villa.
Unai Emery during the Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 match between Lille OSC and Aston Villa. -Credit:Matthieu Mirville/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Unai Emery, the Aston Villa manager, has outlined his plans ahead of the Chelsea clash following a demanding schedule. After securing a victory over Bournemouth, which marked their seventh match in all competitions within the past three weeks, Emery intends to give his players a few days off.

Villa managed to turn the tables on Bournemouth at Villa Park, coming from behind to secure a win. Dominic Solanke initially put the visitors ahead with a penalty, but Morgan Rogers equalised for Villa in the first minute of added time. Ollie Watkins was the star of the second half, providing two assists for Moussa Diaby and Leon Bailey to seal the victory.

The team sit six points clear of Tottenham in fifth place, although Spurs have two games in hand. The pressure could mount on Tottenham if Villa manages to widen their lead within the Champions League spots next weekend.

Chelsea travel to Villa Park on Saturday. Ahead of the game, Emery has explained Villa's plan to recover the players in the best way.

"A very good week, very good week, Emery started, via Birmingham Live.. "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.

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"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."

Emery's comments suggest that he is pleased with the progress his team has made, but he also acknowledges that there is still room for improvement. He is particularly happy with the team's consistency, and he believes that this will be key to their success in the future.

He is also aware of the importance of the upcoming match against Chelsea, and he is confident that his team will be ready for the challenge.