Ten Hag: Win over Villa caps a brilliant week


“I’m really happy with the points but also with the performance. It was impressive against a Villa side who hadn’t lost in 10 games and scored in every game. We were really good on the ball in the first half – magnificent. We created some really good chances through Casemiro, [Marcus] Rashford, Fernandes and [Marcel] Sabitzer, and scored. And then, in the second half, you have to make it 2-0 and you don’t make it. And in the end it’s going to be tough but we saw again the determination of this team. 

“We have to keep going from game to game but I think this is a brilliant week for us. Before this week, I would have been happy with a point at Spurs. Of course, when you see the game and you are 2-0 up, you are a bit disappointed. But with this win, it’s a perfect week. So big credit to the team.”


“Tiredness is only in your head – it’s a mindset. When you think you are tired, you are tired. So don’t think about it. We have to perform because, in May, you can’t think you are tired because the finish is almost there. You have to be ready and prepared for every game – you need the energy and it’s a responsibility the team and the players have to take.

“It’s about mentality and character and I think that is what we have seen today. First, good football and then, in the second half, we showed character, we were determined and passionate.”

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