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The Boss: Bruce on new investors Sawiris/Edens, Burton win, 3-5-2 and De Laet form

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The Boss: Bruce on new investors Sawiris/Edens, Burton win, 3-5-2 and De Laet form

Boss Steve Bruce spoke to Club TV following the 4-0 pre-season victory at Burton Albion.

His views in full are below.

On the win and performance…

I thought we were bang average in the first half, if the truth be known. In the second half, we improved and made it easier. 

But listen, it’s all about fitness and we found it difficult in the first half. We have been through a tough week. I think it’s their third or fourth game.

I hated pre-season games as a player and as a manager but as long as you get something out of them, that’s the main thing.

ChesterPostBurtonFriendlyOn 3-5-2 and whether we could see more of it this season…

We could do. We have done it twice. 

The players we have got seem to be enjoying it so we will wait and see.

On sitting in the stands for the game…

It just gives you a different view. 

I have to say, whether I was in the stands or down on the touchline, it wasn’t very good in that first half. 

But we did play some decent stuff in that second half.

KodjiaPostBurtonOn Jonathan Kodjia…

It’s good to see him back playing. We missed him last season. 

He gives you that bit of flair and that bit of creativity. 

He can always score a goal, too, which is vitally important.


On Albert Adomah playing higher up…

He’s a good player up there. He can play anywhere up there on that front line.

You can see he’s cool in front of goal. He’s a good finisher. It’s something we can see. 

DeLaetPostBurtonOn Ritchie De Laet’s form…

It was important he got games last season.

I must say, touch wood, that so far in pre-season he’s been the standout performer. He’s been terrific and I'm delighted for him.


On new investment…

That can only be good for everyone connected with Aston Villa.

Every successful club needs to have stability at the top and that filters down through everywhere.

Too many times we’ve been reading about Aston Villa for the wrong reasons. 

Thankfully it’s been brought to a conclusion quickly and we can now move forward. The club can move forward. 

I think that’s the most important thing for any club, especially one of the size of Aston Villa. I am sure the supporters , as you can see today, are delighted with the news.

On what Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have said to him…

I really haven’t had the conversation with the new investors yet.

It’s something I am sure will happen in the week. I am looking forward to that.

I don’t think it’s important about me. It’s important about the club – the welfare of the club. The managers, players, coaches come and go. 

The leaders of the club are the really important people at the club. Aston Villa fans can look forward with excitement really because hopefully it’s the start of a new era – with bigger and better things around the corner.


On West Ham…

We have two games now before we go to Hull.

Everyone has come through fine. 

The three lads who went to the World Cup are back today. They will train all week. It’s good to see.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 21st July 2018