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Carabao Cup

The training-ground routine that sent Villa to Wembley

29 January 2020

Scoring the goal which takes your club to a major Wembley final is a rare occurrence for most footballers but, for Trezeguet, the man who found the net with almost the last kick of Tuesday's Carabao Cup Semi-Final second leg against Leicester City, it was one he'd pulled off a number of times before.

Only on the pitch for a matter of minutes, the substitute popped up at the back post to meet Ahmed Elmohamady's cross and send Villa to the Final, as they won the tie 3-2 on aggregate. 

Speaking to the club's TV channel after the game, Trezeguet revealed the move was one he and his team-mate had worked on in training, and was naturally delighted to be the man to secure the victory.

“We always talk in training about this ball," he said. "When he takes the ball I say to him ‘far post’, but in Arabic so nobody understands, and he did it.

“After we scored, and we go to Wembley, it’s the best feeling. It was a great moment to score and we go to Wembley.

“We worked very hard and because of this we deserved to go to Wembley and I’m very happy for the goal to help the team.”

The atmosphere was electric throughout the 90-plus minutes at Villa Park, and Trezeguet says the home fans played a big part in getting the players over the line.

“The fans made a great game for us," he added. "We don’t play alone, when the fans are with us, always support us, we will get what we want.

“We need them always, support like that every game, we will get what we want with them. It’s not just 11, or 18 or 30 players, with the fans we can achieve what we want.”

Villa will now face the winners of the other Semi-Final, either Manchester City or Manchester United, in the Final on 1 March 2020.


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