Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today hailed "world class" Christian Benteke after his hat-trick fired the club to the brink of Premier League survival. Benteke's treble moved Villa five points clear of third-bottom Wigan after they thumped Sunderland 6-1 last night.
Express and Star: Captain Ron Vlaar today issued a further warning to Aston Villa and insisted the battle to beat the drop is not over - despite smashing six past Sunderland. Christian Benteke hit a hat-trick and Vlaar scored his first Villa goal in last night's stunning 6-1 mauling at home to the Black Cats.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists there is much more to come from combative midfielder Yacouba Sylla. Lambert took a gamble on Sylla when he shelled out £2million to pluck the 22-year-old out of the French Second Division, where he had been impressing for Clermont Foot, and chuck him into the intense heat of a Premier League relegation scrap.
ClubCall: Aston Villa are set to resist bids for Christian Benteke in the summer but realise they may not be able to keep him beyond January. The Belgian international added to his burgeoning reputation with his first hat-trick for Villa in their 6-1 demolition of Sunderland on Monday night.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert has tipped hat-trick hero Christian Benteke to enjoy a big future in the game, but made Matt Lowton his man of the match. Villa's biggest win since 2008 not only took them five points clear of third-bottom Wigan in the battle to avoid the drop, it also improved their goal difference to the extent they overhauled Newcastle.
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Sky Sports: Sunderland have appealed against the red card shown to Stephane Sessegnon during Monday's 6-1 defeat at Aston Villa.
BBC Sport: Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says he is certain his side will not freeze when they face Real Madrid on Tuesday looking to clinch their place in the Champions League final.
Sky Sports: Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he has plans in place to improve his Manchester United squad in the summer.
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