Next Game

B'mouth v A Villa

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Last Game

A Villa 0 - 0 Braga

Friday, 17 July 2015, 18:30

Friendly Match

Lambert: No long-ball tactics

Paul Lambert has refuted any suggestion that Aston Villa favour a direct approach and have become a long-ball team.

Last Updated: 27/09/13 at 14:59 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Disagrees with Andre Villas-Boas' assessment of his Aston Vill

Paul Lambert: Disagrees with Andre Villas-Boas' assessment of his Aston Vill

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas have both been less than complimentary about Villa's tactics over recent weeks.

Villas-Boas was the latest to suggest that Lambert looks for his side to take an aerial route from back to front, with his Spurs side having countered that approach to claim a 4-0 Capital One Cup success on Tuesday.

Lambert, though, has snapped back at the critics by insisting that Villa 'try to play football in the right way'.

He said: "It's detrimental to say things like that.

"If you look at your stats, how many long balls Chelsea played against us, I'm pretty sure we weren't ahead of them.

"We might play a long pass but we don't just kick it up front and hope for the best. It's not right to say that about us. We try to pass it and try to play football in the right way."

Meanwhile, Lambert has revealed that he will prevent Christian Benteke from linking up with the Belgium national side for World Cup qualifying duty if he feels Villa's talismanic frontman is still feeling the effects of a hip injury which is due to keep him sidelined for six weeks.

He said: "We don't want him on a plane. That will not help his injury.

"If he is not fit for us, he won't be fit for the Belgian national side."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood lord that's got me unnecessarily excited. Damn you Storey. Cut to Liverpool being crushed under the wheels of Sparky's Stoke Machine and Firmino brought off the bench to no effect. It's the hope that kills you.

suarez_blind
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

N

o Schweini? Have to admit that I did a little sex wee when we signed him and I can't wait to see him in action!!!

spence
F365's Top Ten Players We Can't Wait To Watch

I

think he'll do quite well. My only reservation would be Kagawa, who had similar stats to Firmino in the bundesliga before he came, but time will tell.

GVMUFC
Roberto Firmino: Steel To Complement The Silk

Footer 365

Sky Sports awarded La Liga for another three seasons

Sky Sports will remain the home of La Liga for another three seasons thanks to a new broadcast agreement announced today.

Jose won't get involved in Stones pursuit

Jose Mourinho has admitted he would rather the transfer window be closed during the season despite Chelsea's continued pursuit of John Stones.

Liverpool can take City's CL spot - James

Manchester City are in danger of surrendering their place in the top four of the Premier League to Liverpool, according to David James.

Mail Box

Chelsea Are Stronger Than Last Season

One Chelsea fan points out that they won the league last year and have improved, so... Plus thoughts on United worries, pre-season predictions, Valdes and Chuba...

Louis Van Gaal Only Wants Football Robots

Louis van Gaal only wants players who are human robots, apparently. It's a great Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Audi Cup, Fabregas, Lingard and Joe Gomez...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company