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'We can't underestimate Villa' - Michel

Posted on 10 April 2015  - 14:20

Michel Vorm is determined to keep Christian Benteke at bay on Saturday after seeing the Aston Villa striker rattle in a hat-trick in midweek.

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With Hugo Lloris still sidelined, our Dutch international goalkeeper looks set to retain his place between the sticks for this weekend’s match with the Villans at White Hart Lane.

Having kept a clean sheet in last Sunday’s stalemate at Burnley, the 31-year-old expects to come up against a confident Benteke after his treble against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

But he remains confident in our ability to take the fight to a Villa side battling to get away from the drop zone.

“You can see that the teams around the bottom of the table are really fighting for their last chances and if we don’t bring the same sort of thing on the pitch it’s going to be tough,” said Michel.

“We have good quality in our squad but it’s not only about that, it’s what you bring on the pitch.

“I think Christian Benteke is their best player and we know that two seasons ago he was top scorer for them with more than 20 goals.

“In a way, it’s a good thing for him to have scored three goals in the week so we are reminded that we can’t underestimate him.

“At the end of the day, all teams at the bottom are going to give everything for 90-plus minutes so, again, it’s not going to be easy against Villa.”

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