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Posted on 1 November 2015  - 09:30

Toby Alderweireld says the team will be 100% focused on the job against Villa on Monday.

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And the warning from the defender is simple: “You can’t play at 80% in the Premier League.”

We go into the game at the Lane unbeaten in nine in the Premier League having toppled Bournemouth 5-1 last weekend.

By contrast, Villa are at the foot of the table with one win in 10.

“Villa will win one day, so we have to be 100%,” said Toby, an ever-present for us in the Premier League.

“No-one will underestimate Villa. Maybe they will have a new manager and they need to change things in the Premier League. It will be difficult but we’re confident in our ability and our quality to win that game.

“And at home, we want to get the three points in every game we play.”

Below: Toby congratulates goalscorer Mousa Dembele with Erik Lamela at Bournemouth

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There is certainly a feeling within the squad of the need to follow up such a good away display at Bournemouth with three points back at the Lane.

“It’s difficult to win away in the Premier League so you don’t to waste that by not winning at home now,” added Toby.

“We had a very important victory at Bournemouth and we want to continue that form. At home, we want to win every game, so it’s important to do that, to get the three points and stay at the top end of the league.”

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