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Aston Villa manager Unai Emery reacts to Chelsea loss

The FA Cup exit of Aston Villa at the hands of Chelsea certainly looks to have left Unai Emery disappointed.

After a strong start from the hosts Aston Villa, the away side took control of the contest with two goals in ten minutes. Enzo Fernandez curled in a free-kick nine minutes after half-time to make it 3-0. Moussa Diaby scored a consolation goal in stoppage time as the game ended with a scoreline of 3-1.

Aston Villa boss Emery says Chelsea were more clinical

Emery said after the match: “I’m disappointed we didn’t get a good result. We started very well and were creating chances, being close to score. They created chances and they were more clinical than us.

“In the second half we didn’t start like the first half and found it difficult to create clear chances. They scored the one chance they had with their set piece.

“At 3-0, it was very difficult but our spirit was good and we reacted by creating chances. We were pushing with our supporters here to get a goal and have options to get the result back. We scored so late and didn’t have time to get more.”

Aston Villa look to go strong in the league

After exiting the cup, Villa and Emery turn their attentions back to the Premier League. Another home game against Manchester United awaits on Sunday, and Aston Villa will certainly be keen to continue their strong form in the top flight.

Emery said: “We are trying to separate each competition and we are being consistent in the Premier League. We lost the last game here at home but we reacted very well in Sheffield and we’re going to try again on Sunday here against Manchester United.

“We will try to get positive energy and a good performance in our collective tactical way, we will again be focused on the league because in the league we’re feeling strong.”

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