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Monday media watch [19.08.19]: El Ghazi warning

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Monday media watch [19.08.19]: El Ghazi warning

Daily Star: Anwar El Ghazi says Aston Villa are going to have to learn quickly that they have stepped up in class. The Dutch midfielder reckons the ruthlessness of the Premier League means there's no place for sloppy mistakes. Villa paid a heavy price for two early cock-ups which saw them crash to defeat in their first home game since winning the Championship play-offs. 

Express & Star: Anwar El Ghazi has warned newly-promoted Villa they must quickly wise-up after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth left them without a point in the Premier League. Villa paid the price for a nightmare start in their home opener, conceding twice in the opening 12 minutes following mistakes by goalkeeper Tom Heaton and midfielder Douglas Luiz. Though Luiz pulled one back with a stunning strike in the second half, Dean Smith’s men were unable to find a leveller.

Four Four Two: Jack Grealish has stressed the importance of Aston Villa cutting out the mistakes following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth. The contest at Villa Park – the ground’s first Premier League match since May 2016 – saw the promoted hosts punished twice in the opening 12 minutes for misjudgements. Tom Heaton’s foul on Callum Wilson yielded a penalty converted by Josh King in the second minute. And 10 minutes later, Douglas Luiz let Mahmoud Trezeguet’s pass go through his legs, only for the ball to be claimed by Harry Wilson, who beat Heaton with a shot that deflected off Tyrone Mings.

Express & Star: Dean Smith has backed Wesley to come good after admitting Villa’s record buy is still finding his feet in the Premier League. The Brazil striker is yet to open his account since joining in a £22m move from Club Brugge and experienced another testing afternoon on Saturday, as Villa fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth. But boss Smith has been pleased with his overall performances and believes a goal is all that is needed to get the 22-year-old well and truly firing.

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Sky Sports: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated Paul Pogba will not leave Manchester United this summer – despite the France international saying there is a "big question mark" over his future. Ahead of Monday's trip to Wolves, live on Sky Sports, the United manager fielded questions on Pogba - and where he might end up - following the midfielder's latest remarks after the 4-0 win over Chelsea last Sunday.

BBC Sport: Bayern Munich have signed attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona on a season-long loan deal which includes an option to buy. Barcelona say the German side will pay 8.5m euros (£7.78m) to take the Brazilian, 27, on loan while the option to buy stands at 120m euros (£109.84m).

Sky Sports: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says closing the English transfer window early is "a massive mistake" and hopes "we fix the problem for the next season". Pochettino is still sweating over the future of Christian Eriksen, who has 12 months to run on his contract, with the Denmark midfielder said to be keen on a move to Spain.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.


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By @AVFCOfficial 19th August 2019