Villa are struggling at the foot of the table but Mauricio expects nothing less than a stern test from a team determined to perform in front of their fans at Villa Park.
We travel to Birmingham on the back of disappointing results against West Ham, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund but we remain second, we’ve won six of our last eight, we have the best defensive record and only two defeats in 14 on the road in the Premier League.
“This is a very big game and you know it’s always difficult to play against a team that’s at the bottom,” said Mauricio.
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“Villa play to survive and they are in a very difficult position at the moment.
“We need to show respect and show that we deserve to stay where we are in the table.
“It’s always about mentality. Villa will be a danger, they will compete and we need to have the right mentality and motivation - and our motivation is to stay high in the table.”
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