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'Stick to game plan at Villa' - Dele

Posted on 13 March 2016  - 09:05

Dele Alli has warned against complacency ahead of this afternoon’s (Sunday, March 13) trip to Aston Villa.

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Our opponents are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having won only three times in the league this season.

But midfielder Dele, back in the fray after missing our Europa League defeat at Borussia Dortmund in the week through suspension, is wary of a response from Remi Garde’s side and insists focus will be required from minute one if we’re to avoid slipping up at Villa Park.

“I’ve heard some people say that we have a couple of easy games coming up but I’d have to disagree strongly,” said the 19-year-old.

“I don’t think there are any easy games this season. We’ve seen there have been a lot of upsets over the course of the season in the league and we’ve got to make sure this isn’t one of them.

“Obviously they’re going to be fighting for every minute like their lives depend on it so we need to make sure that we kill them off and just keep trying to get as many goals as we can. It’s important that we stay focused, we go out there, stick to the game plan and try to get the three points.”

Club captain Hugo Lloris and injured attacker Clinton Njie both have prior knowledge of Garde’s methods having played under him at Ligue 1 side Lyon. Dele admits that he may consult the pair ahead of kick-off in the hope of picking up some pointers about the type of challenge we could face against the Frenchman’s Villa side this afternoon.

“I haven’t spoken to them about it yet but I’m sure they’ll tell me a few things,” the midfielder added.