Premier League Aston Villa were outplayed by Man City in Etihad defeat – Emery

Unai Emery says Aston Villa will need to continue to use their squad as they move forward into future challenges.

Facing the second of three games in seven days, the head coach freshened his team up with five changes before a sixth was enforced by Emi Martinez’s withdrawal through illness.

Emery reflected on the need for squad rotation after a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. “I’m a little bit disappointed but we tried to compete until minute 60 when they scored their third goal,” he said.

“We were planning to change some players, but after they scored the third goal it was more difficult. They were pushing a lot and controlling the game more than us.

“We were getting some transitions but they showed their power and their capacity to beat us. It was a very tough match. We have to accept the result. We had to give some players a chance to play, like Robin Olsen, like Tim and striker Jhon Durán, Zaniolo and Morgan.

“I am happy with the opportunity they had to get confidence and be stronger in our structure. We will need a lot of players for the next matches we are facing.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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