Villa 1 United 3: Ole's press conference
See what the boss had to say to reporters after our 3-1 win in the Midlands...
What did you say at half-time? “I believe in the boys and I think they believe in themselves. We know that sometimes coming back from Europe is difficult. There wasn’t a lot wrong wrong with the first half either, it was just that we didn’t have the margins. They scored and we didn’t. I thought we created the biggest opportunities but they scored a very good goal. Then it was just about trusting ourselves because we’ve done it so many times. It’s about ‘here we go again, boys’. Just keep moving the ball quicker, that was one of the messages.” On brink of the top four - what does this say about the trajectory of the team? What’s the situation with Maguire? “I think the players are learning and developing as a whole, getting better. Those in the stadium have got the spirit, the camaraderie, they back each other. There is competition for places and I’m very happy that we’ve done that twice now. Course, we have a final to look forward to, too. Hopefully that will be with Harry Maguire, I don’t know. We’ve got to check it. It might be a few weeks, might be a couple of days - who knows. I’m not a doctor and we’ve got to check him and scan him tomorrow.” Was it his calf that was injured? “No, it was his ankle, lower leg. I think the boy landed on top of him. So it twisted his ankle and got a knock.” Could you still put pressure on City? “It is what is. It’s very unlikely that they won’t get the points that they need, but we just have to do our jobs as well as you can. Tuesday will be a difficult game. For these boys, I don’t put it beyond them; they can go again, as we’ve shown so many times.” Will the fixture congestion change your substitutions in games? “I think everyone is capable of doing a Thursday-Sunday. But to put Tuesday is more or less demanding too much of them. Adding Thursday is impossible - absolutely physically impossible. So I have to now make sure that I don’t run the risk of getting injuries. So recovery time, more or less all the time you have two days in between and play on the third day. At this level it is impossible. The boys who played Thursday night and today will not play 90 minutes on Tuesday, for sure.” Will that impact the training schedule? “There’s no training. It’s [in the] classroom. Now you’re a teacher. It’s the sports scientists - they do their job, they have all the facilities and have the help that the players can get. We will sit down on Tuesday afternoon and see who is ready. I can have a picture in my mind now theoretically, but it might be that things could crop up tomorrow after this game that we don’t know until tomorrow.” Do you have a selection dilemma of who to leave out? “Sometimes the player you leave out can come onto the pitch and win you a final. That’s no problem; I’d rather have that than have not enough. From personal experience, it is hard to not play in finals. But when you come on you do your bit. I think Mason has done it so many times for us, and Edinson has done it so many times. Marcus has done it so many times - he came on against Leipzig and scored three. Hopefully we will get Anthony fit as well.” How important is Maguire to the team? “Harry has been excellent and it’s almost unheard of it, the minutes he’s played without missing out. It’s muscular… his fitness is very good - he’s robust. But today it looked like the boy landed on him and it twisted his ankle. That is something you can’t defend yourself against and he had to come off. I don’t know how bad it is. Maybe he is available for Thursday, I don’t know. But it might be longer. I will tell you more on Tuesday night when I next see you all.”